Median pay for Typists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.76 per hour. Women make up the vast majority of Typists (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Typists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Typist
Typists hold general data-entry positions and are employed by a large variety of companies, such as those in medicine, education, and the private sector. Because typists may work in many fields, each employer will likely require a different knowledge base. Additionally, while positions are available for just data entry, some typists may also be asked to handle some clerical responsibilities, such as greeting customers, answering phones, and responding to emails. The typist generally works at a desk on the computer for their entire shift; knowledge of basic computer programs, such as the Microsoft Office suite, is required for this position.Read More...
Experience and education requirements vary by employer. While some employers may require neither relevant education nor experience, some employers require at least a high school diploma or equivalent and/or experience in a related position. Generally, the typist needs to be able to type at a high rate of speed, with companies requiring anything from 35 to 85 words per minute, with minimal mistakes. The employer's industry determines what industry-specific knowledge the typist must have; for example, in the medical industry, the typist should understand basic medical terminology and patient privacy regulations. The typist should be efficient, able to work in a demanding and fast-paced environment, and have excellent communication skills. The position may lead to promotions to other clerical positions and/or receiving raises for performing more duties.
- Print, copy, and distribute work as needed.
- Engage additional clerical duties as needed (mail sorting, errands, reception work).
- Type up documents for office operations (reports, ad copy, voice recordings, etc.).
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Pay by Experience Level for Typist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $25K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Typists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.