For Data Entry Specialists, hourly average wages total $13.91 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Data Entry Specialists is high. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Female Data Entry Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,161 - $48,498
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,796
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50%
90%

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$10.55 - $18.72
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,161 - $48,498  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $3,606  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Commission
$1,400  
Total Pay (?
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$22,803 - $42,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.55 - $18.72  
   
Overtime
$15.61 - $30.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.27 - $3,606  
   
Commission
$1,400  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
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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$22,803 - $42,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 751

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Specialist


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Though not the most common occurrence, Data Entry Specialists sometimes become Data Analysts, where the average income is $51K per year. 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


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

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Specialist

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $30K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $31K on average. On average, Data Entry Specialists make $32K following one to two decades on the job. Data Entry Specialists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,384

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Data Entry Specialists, 50 percent above the national average. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are St. Louis and Cleveland (16 percent lower).

Data Entry Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Data Entry Specialist

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries





Microsoft Excel
0%

Data Processing
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$30,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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