Data Entry Clerk Salary

Data Entry Clerks in the United States take home an average $11.93 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.18 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.76. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and just under a half have dental, as well. Most Data Entry Clerks survey respondents are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction for Data Entry Clerks is high.

$19,743 - $40,779
(Median)
$20K
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$41K
MEDIAN: $29,169
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$9.18 - $15.76
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,743 - $40,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,396 - $34,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.18 - $15.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$11.97 - $23.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,396 - $34,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,772
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Job Description for Data Entry Clerk

Data entry clerks are sought after by many companies in a wide variety of industries, ranging from government organizations to privately owned corporations. Most organizations do not require any education higher than a high school diploma, but some employers may require a bachelor's degree. Usually, the prospective applicant should have at least one year of experience in a related field. The data entry clerk needs to have proficiency in using software such as Microsoft Office. The data entry clerk will be working in an office environment.

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Data Entry Clerk Tasks

  • Verify data and prepare materials for printing.
  • Maintain logs of activities and completed work.
  • Operate data entry device; keyboard or photo composing perforator; entering both alpha and numeric data .

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Clerk


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At the upper end, Data Entry Clerks who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. Career advancement for the typical Data Entry Clerk often leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant or a Customer Service Representative; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Clerk


Survey takers working as Data Entry Clerks report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Billing, Database Management & Reporting, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 22 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Data Entry are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Processing and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Typing also know Microsoft Excel and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Data Entry Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $26K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Data Entry Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $28K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,488

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Data Entry Clerks, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Data Entry Clerks will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Fort Worth (8 percent lower) and San Antonio (6 percent lower).

Data Entry Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as a Data Entry Clerk?

Data Entry Clerk in Sterling Heights:
"High stress level due to constant accuracy check of work."
Pros: What I like most of my work is the ability to produce data for company document retrieval dependent on meeting timely deadlines in an effective and efficient manner.
Cons: What I like least about my job is the stress level of always having to be accurate in every aspect of the job description. There is no room for ERROR.

Data Entry Clerk in Seattle:
"Grunt Work."
Pros: The best part about this job is that it is often stress free; you are likely to have minimal responsibility aside from entering information correctly. Probably best for someone happy to keep to themselves all day. I was able to listen to podcasts throughout my shift.
Cons: For someone who enjoys interacting with people, this is not a good job. For someone who enjoys taking on complex levels of responsibility, this is not a good job. In general, one can set their own pace, but some days you may find yourself monotonously entering the same type of data for six straight hours.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Clerk Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Clerk Salaries

Billing
up arrow 29%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 22%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Data Processing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
0%

Filing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 464 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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