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Data Entry Clerk Salary

An average Data Entry Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.77 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.99 per hour and $15.58. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, over one-half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Data Entry Clerks is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,422 - $40,166
(Median)
$19K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $29,059
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$8.99 - $15.58
(Median)
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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
$19,422 - $40,166  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$19,029 - $34,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate 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$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $15.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$11.76 - $23.57  
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 - $1,014  
   
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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$19,029 - $34,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,593

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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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For Data Entry Clerks, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $55K annually. A common career progression for a Data Entry Clerk is to become an Administrative Assistant or a Customer Service Representative. Compared to Data Entry Clerks, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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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. Lucky workers who know Database Management & Reporting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Data Analysis and Data Processing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 39 percent. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Data Entry Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $24K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $26K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Data Entry Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+19 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (3 percent lower) and St. Louis (2 percent lower).

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%



Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

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 473 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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