Word Processor / Typist Salary

An average Typist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.54 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Typists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Typists (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women.

$29,869 - $69,870
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,297
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$11.30 - $27.19
(Median)
$11
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,869 - $69,870  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,820  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$24,650 - $66,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $27.19  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $59.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,820  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$24,650 - $66,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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Job Description for Word Processor / Typist

The typist, or word processor, is hired by various types of companies, usually in the administrative department of the company. Most organizations are looking for applicants with a high school diploma, although others do not have any education requirements. Similarly, many organizations do not require any previous experience in this field, although it would be helpful to have some experience working in an office or administrative department. The job will take place in an office setting. The well-qualified typist should, in addition to being able to type accurately and quickly, have knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products, as well as a general know-how of most office equipment.

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Word Processor / Typist Tasks

  • Edits completed work for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format.
  • Maintain a computer filing system to store, retrieve, update and delete documents.
  • Use word processor/computer or typewriter to type letters, reports, forms, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy or voice recording.

Common Career Paths for Word Processor / Typist


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While not commonly seen, Typists who transition into a Legal Word Processor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Legal Word Processors is $54K per year. The most common promotion for Typists is an Administrative Assistant position, which usually brings in $31K a year. Another standard transition for Typists seeking advancement is to assume an Executive Assistant role, where pay is often $45K.

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Survey results show that Typists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Word Processing, Microsoft Office, and Typing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing. Many workers who know Microsoft Office also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Word Processor / Typist

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


For many Typists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $34K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $36K. Typists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $49K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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