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Data Entry Specialist Salary

Median pay for Data Entry Specialists in the United States is around $13.17 per hour. Total cash earnings of Data Entry Specialists range from $21K on the low end to $40K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $4K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the larger part have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. Most Data Entry Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Data Entry Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$24,221 - $45,515
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,221 - $45,515  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $4,363  
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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$21,249 - $39,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $17.20  
   
Overtime
$13.21 - $25.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $4,363  
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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$21,249 - $39,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 977
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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 who go on to become Data Entry Supervisors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Data Entry Supervisors is $35K annually. Becoming a Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist is a common transition from a Data Entry Specialist role.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Data Entry Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Data Analysis, Data Management, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Data Processing and Typing. Most people skilled in Data Entry are similarly competent 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Data Entry Specialists see a median salary of $30K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Data Entry Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


Data Entry Specialists will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 13 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Data Management
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Data Processing
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
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Typing
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 32%