Data Entry Specialist Salary

Data Entry Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $14.00 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction for Data Entry Specialists is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Data Entry Specialists making up 79 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,860 - $49,434
$25K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,710
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$10.64 - $18.77
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,860 - $49,434  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $3,535  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Commission
$1,400  
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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$22,880 - $43,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $18.77  
   
Overtime
$15.59 - $30.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$206.08 - $3,535  
   
Commission
$1,400  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
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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$22,880 - $43,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 744

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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

  • Enter data into an information system.
  • Type rapidly and accurately both numerical and text data.
  • Inspect received data for possible errors.

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 $51K annually. Becoming a Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist is often the next step for a Data Entry Specialist.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Survey results suggest that Data Entry Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Data Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Microsoft Excel and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Data Entry Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Data Entry Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Data Entry Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 250 salaries. An experienced Data Entry Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 225 salaries. A Data Entry Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 81 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,553

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

Data Entry Specialists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 50 percent. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Cincinnati (+18 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (17 percent lower) and Houston (11 percent lower).

Data Entry Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Data Entry Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

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National Average
$31,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



Data Processing
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Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Typing
▼0%

Customer Service
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$31,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 30%