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Data Entry Clerk Salary

Average Data Entry Clerks in the United States make around $11.81 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.03 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.61. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Data Entry Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,389 - $40,302
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,046
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$9.03 - $15.61
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,389 - $40,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $4,122  
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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$19,082 - $34,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $15.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$11.80 - $23.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
   
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $4,122  
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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$19,082 - $34,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,628
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Job Description for Data Entry Clerk

A data entry clerk enters information into a computer system. In most cases, it is a system based on everyday software such as MS Excel, MS Word, and sometimes Access. In some cases, organizations have their own special systems that clerks must enter information into. Usually, advanced systems keep logs and activities of work completed, but some supervisors must investigate work manually.

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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. Administrative Assistants or Customer Service Representatives are common next-step roles for Data Entry Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Administrative Assistants is $6K higher on average, and it's $3K higher for Customer Service Representatives.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Clerk


Data Entry Clerks seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Database Management & Reporting, Billing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 30 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Data Processing and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Typing tend to be well versed in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. Data Entry Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $27K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


For Data Entry Clerks, working in the bustling city of Austin has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Data Entry Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Fort Worth (5 percent less) and San Diego (2 percent less).

Data Entry Clerk Reviews

What is it like working as a Data Entry Clerk?

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

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 38%

Billing
up arrow 30%


Data Processing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

Typing
0%

Filing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 468 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 42%
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