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Data Entry Specialist Salary

Data Entry Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $13.16 per hour on average. 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 $3K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Data Entry Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the larger part have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, close to a third claim no health benefits at all. Female Data Entry Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,370 - $46,278
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,604
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$10.06 - $17.44
(Median)
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$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,370 - $46,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,979  
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $2,508  
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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$21,308 - $40,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $17.44  
   
Overtime
$13.43 - $25.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $2,508  
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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$21,308 - $40,485  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 982

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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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For Data Entry Specialists, progressing to a Data Analyst role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Data Analyst can earn $49K annually. It is not unusual for a Data Entry Specialist to become a Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Data Entry Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Management, Data Analysis, Customer Service, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 22 percent. Data Entry Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and San Antonio (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



Data Processing
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Microsoft Excel
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$29,000

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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 205 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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