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Data Entry Specialist Salary

Data Entry Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.18 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Data Entry Specialists spread between $21K and $41K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Data Entry Specialists making up 76 percent. While close to one-third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$24,488 - $46,390
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,737
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$10.06 - $17.45
(Median)
$10
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,488 - $46,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $2,447  
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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$21,323 - $40,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.06 - $17.45  
   
Overtime
$13.45 - $25.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,977  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $2,447  
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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$21,323 - $40,542  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 995
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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 Analysts may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Data Analysts is $49K annually. A Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist is a typical 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 Data Management, Data Analysis, Customer Service, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Data Entry Specialists, 23 percent above the national average. Data Entry Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Cincinnati (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 10 percent less in San Antonio and 3 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



Customer Service
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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 206 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%
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