Data Entry Specialist Salary

For Data Entry Specialists, hourly average wages total $13.29 per hour. Compensation ranges between $10.11 per hour and $17.87. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Female Data Entry Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most Data Entry Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,957 - $47,922
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,488
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$10.11 - $17.87
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,957 - $47,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $2,466  
Commission
$1,600  
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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$21,512 - $41,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $17.87  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $27.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
   
Commission
$1,600  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $2,466  
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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$21,512 - $41,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,077
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Job Description for Data Entry Specialist

A data entry specialist works on computers, entering information for processing or records retention. In many cases, this work may be repetitive, but accuracy is essential as this data is often essential for the day-to-day operations of a company. Data entry specialists are needed in a wide variety of environments, such as working with insurance information for claimants and new applicants, updating product information for online retailers, and processing patient records for large-scale medical facilities or clinics. Persons who work in data entry normally work at a computer, entering and updating data in specialized spreadsheets or proprietary forms/browsers. Due to the nature of the work, many companies provide regular breaks for their data entry personnel, as complaints such as tired eyes, headaches, and repetitive motion injuries in the hands and forearms are frequent complaints of employees in this position.

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Data Entry Specialist Tasks

  • Inspect received data for possible errors.
  • Type rapidly and accurately both numerical and text data.
  • Enter data into an information system.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Specialist


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Data Entry Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Data Analysts. That role pays $50K per year on average. However, becoming a Lead Data Entry Operator or Medical Billing Specialist is a more frequent transition for Data Entry Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Survey results show that Data Entry Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Data Management, Data Analysis, Customer Service, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Typing and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Specialist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. On average, Data Entry Specialists make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,284

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Data Entry Specialists, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (4 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

Data Entry Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Data Entry Specialist?

Data Entry Specialist in South Houston:
"Not appreciated."
Pros: Some of the people I work with. Helping and seeing people become successful and well adjusted after completing the programs.
Cons: The worst is not be appreciated or compensated for working so hard. While others are being well compensated for doing little to no work.

Data Entry Specialist in Lebanon:
"Easy Easy Work."
Pros: Once you learn the basic this job is very easy. It doesn't take long to master and there is a fair bit of leniency for errors.
Cons: It's the same thing over and over all day. Staff is generally under trained or lazy. Management back slides in everything and are terrible at communicating. The health plan is way too expensive. The hours are terrible.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Processing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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