Data Entry Specialist Salary

Median pay for Data Entry Specialists in the United States is around $13.29 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.11 per hour and $17.87. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Most Data Entry Specialists survey respondents are women (77 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,957 - $47,922
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,488
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$10.11 - $17.87
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,957 - $47,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $2,466  
Commission
$1,600  
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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$21,512 - $41,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $17.87  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $27.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,944  
   
Commission
$1,600  
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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$21,512 - $41,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,077
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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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There are some Data Entry Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Data Analysts, where earnings are an average $50K annually. More often, however, Data Entry Specialists go on to become Lead Data Entry Operators or Medical Billing Specialists.

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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 experienced in 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $28K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Data Entry Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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

National Average: $29,284

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

Data Entry Specialists will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Data Entry Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (4 percent less) and Dallas (2 percent less).

Data Entry Specialist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



Customer Service
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Processing
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
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Typing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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