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How much does a bookkeeper charge per hour?

How much does a bookkeeper typically cost per hour? Is an hourly rate the most common fee structure?

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Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent

Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent, Owner / Manager ★ Certified Bookkeeper ★ BAS Agent at My Office Books - Virtual Bookkeeper & BAS Agent

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What services do you want your bookkeeper to perform?




If you want standard bookkeeping duties that do not include BAS services then you would be looking at using a virtual assistant, admin assistant, or bookkeeper to complete those tasks. 


The cost will be more expensive if you insist on them coming to you, as opposed to working online. 


Virtual assistants cost anywhere from $35 hour plus

Virtual bookkeepers cost anywhere from $25 hour plus


Onsite will generally cost you anywhere from $55 hour plus


A contracted bookkeeper cannot advise you about anything like superannuation, payroll, GST, or indirect taxes. They are strictly working on the defaults of your accounting software. You will not be covered by the Australian Taxation Office’s safe harbor regime that protects you if your registered BAS Agent or Tax agent makes a mistake. 


Hatty Bell

Hatty Bell, Community Manager at

Great answer @Amanda Hoffmann - Certified Bookkeeper, BAS Agent . What's the different in cost when hiring offshore vs. Australia based? Can any virtual assistant undertake bookkeeping duties or do they need specific training?

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