Data Entry Specialist Salary

Average Data Entry Specialists in the United States make around $13.23 per hour. In the world of Data Entry Specialists, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $41K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Data Entry Specialists is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Data Entry Specialists making up 77 percent. Although close to one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,515 - $46,779
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$47K
MEDIAN: $33,679
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$10.08 - $17.46
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$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,515 - $46,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,933  
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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$21,401 - $40,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $17.46  
   
Overtime
$13.70 - $25.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,933  
   
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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$21,401 - $40,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,003
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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 $49K per year on average. Becoming a Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist is, however, a more typical career progression for Data Entry Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Data Entry Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Data Management, Data Analysis, Customer Service, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Data Entry Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. 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


With a pay rate for Data Entry Specialists that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Data Entry Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Memphis (+7 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. San Antonio and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries


Data Analysis
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Data Processing
0%

National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
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Microsoft Office
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%
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