Data Entry Clerk Salary

Data Entry Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $11.85 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $9.10 per hour on the lower end to $15.66 on the higher end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Data Entry Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,383 - $40,377
(Median)
$19K
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MEDIAN: $28,838
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$9.10 - $15.66
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,383 - $40,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
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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$19,228 - $34,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.10 - $15.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.55  
Overtime
$11.75 - $23.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$19,228 - $34,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,650
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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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As Data Entry Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Registered Nurses earn $55K on average per year. Data Entry Clerks typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Customer Service Representatives, and those positions pay $6K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Clerk


Survey results imply that Data Entry Clerks deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $26K. For Data Entry Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Data Entry Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Data Entry Clerks, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Data Entry Clerks will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+8 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Fort Worth and 2 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 31%

Billing
up arrow 30%


Data Processing
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Software Knowledge
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 449 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
7%

Common Health Benefits

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