Data Entry Specialist Salary

Data Entry Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $13.23 per hour. Cash earnings for Data Entry Specialists — including $2K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $41K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Data Entry Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Although the greater part have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,515 - $46,470
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$25K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,582
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$10.07 - $17.48
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,515 - $46,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
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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$21,341 - $40,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $17.48  
   
Overtime
$13.59 - $25.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
   
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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$21,341 - $40,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,008
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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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While Data Entry Specialists do not often become Data Analysts, the job pays $49K per year on average. However, it's more common for Data Entry Specialists to move into roles as Lead Data Entry Operators or Medical Billing 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 Analysis, Data Management, Customer Service, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $30K. Data Entry Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Data Entry Specialists 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


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 will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Memphis (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (10 percent lower) and Charlotte (4 percent lower).

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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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Data Management
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Data Processing
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Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
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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 200 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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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