Data Entry Clerk Salary

For Data Entry Clerks, hourly average wages total $11.84 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.09 per hour and $15.67. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, just over a half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Most Data Entry Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$19,330 - $40,385
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,910
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$9.09 - $15.67
(Median)
$9
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,330 - $40,385  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,012  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $4,500  
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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$19,198 - $35,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $15.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$11.70 - $23.56  
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
$275.00 - $4,500  
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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$19,198 - $35,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,639
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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 go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Database Management & Reporting, Billing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 30 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those who learned Typing also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Data Processing. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of Data Processing and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Clerk

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


For many Data Entry Clerks, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Data Entry Clerks make a median salary of $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


Data Entry Clerks will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Data Entry Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Louis (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Employers in Fort Worth and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 31%

Billing
up arrow 30%


Data Processing
up arrow 4%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Filing
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 447 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 55% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 42%
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