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Data Entry Clerk Salary

Data Entry Clerks in the United States take home an average $11.70 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.93 per hour, and the top verges on $15.52. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Data Entry Clerks (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Data Entry Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. While about two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and a little less than one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$19,439 - $39,713
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MEDIAN: $29,019
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$8.93 - $15.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,439 - $39,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $4,055  
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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$18,903 - $34,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.93 - $15.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$11.78 - $23.51  
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 - $1,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $4,055  
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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$18,903 - $34,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Data Entry Clerks who transition into an upper level Registered Nurse role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $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 $4K higher for Customer Service Representatives.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Clerk


Data Entry Clerks seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Database Management & Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Microsoft Office and Data Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 39 percent. Most people who know Data Entry 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $26K. Data Entry Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $27K. Data Entry Clerks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Data Entry Clerks, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Data Entry Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and St. Louis (9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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 39%




Customer Service
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Microsoft Word
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Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Filing
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Typing
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Data Entry
0%

National Average
$25,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 472 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 56% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 41%