Earnings for Data Entry Specialists in the United States come in at around $13.83 per hour on average. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Data Entry Specialists. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,354 - $48,782
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$25K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,172
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$10.52 - $18.71
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,354 - $48,782  
   
Bonus
$198.20 - $4,122  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$22,708 - $42,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.52 - $18.71  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $30.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$198.20 - $4,122  
   
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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$22,708 - $42,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 727
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Data Analysts. That role pays $51K per year on average. However, it's more common for Data Entry Specialists to move into roles as Lead Data Entry Operators or Medical Billing Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Data Entry Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Management, Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. Data Entry Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $31K. 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

National Average: $30,214

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Data Entry Specialists, 51 percent above the national average. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. St. Louis and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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
$30,000


Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries


Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Data Processing
0%

Typing
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$30,000

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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