The general duties of a Billing Machine Operator include the operation of billing machines, to record, compute, or compile data for various billing purposes. Occasionally, this might include the preparation of invoices for completed services or incoming and outgoing movement of goods.
Clerks may review purchase orders, records, or other forms of tickets, and calculate the total amount due, remaining mindful of any additional rebates or discounts available to the customer. Accuracy must be determined throughout the process, as the charges calculated and bills or invoices sent out cannot have errors.
Employees in this position operate a variety of equipment, and may be require proving sufficient levels of skill in handling the processors after a period of close supervision. On-the-job training may be provided by a senior employee or a supervisor prior any advancement of higher duties. Employees often gradually progress through levels of employment based on demonstration of required skills, satisfactory performance, and experience.
As computers are greatly simplifying the process of billing, the need for employees for this occupation has decreased. However, job turnover within this occupation is relatively high. As a plurality of these workers are employed in fields related to the health care sector, the most quickly expanding area of the job market, more jobs can be expected to be generated in the upcoming future. Approximately 490,850 Billing Machine Operators were employed in the United States, as of May, 2012, and it is projected that the employment levels will rise to 566,000 by 2016.
The typical annual salary, nationally for Billing Machine Operators, is an average of $34,540 per year, as of 2012. The average hourly pay for this occupation is around $16.61, with fluctuation depending on years of experience and location. The median percentile wage estimates differ slightly from the mean, with the median hourly wage at $16.08, and the annual median wage for Billing Machine Operators at $33,450.
The bottom ten percent of Billing Machine Operators gained a median hourly wage of $11.24, with the top ten percent earning $22.82 per hour in 2012. The annual wage also varies from $23,380 to $47,460 per year, from the lowest to highest wage earners respectively.
Many Billing Machine Operator requirements are limited to a high school diploma or the equivalent. However, there may be additional education opportunities required. The ability to develop knowledge is necessary at beginning and intermediate levels of this occupation, as considerable knowledge is required for experienced workers.
The duties listed in this job description are examples of assignments typically required of employees in this occupation. This classification does not include all positions that may be assigned to Billing Machine Operators. Additional job duties will follow employment and demonstration of competent work.