Typists in the United States pull down an average of $15.89 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Typists making up 78 percent. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Typists — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,597 - $75,261
$30K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,270
10%
50%
90%

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$11.21 - $25.17
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.89
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,597 - $75,261  
   
Bonus
$2,750  
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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$24,501 - $66,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.21 - $25.17  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,750  
   
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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$24,501 - $66,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Word Processor / Typist


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For Typists, progressing to a Legal Word Processor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Legal Word Processor can earn $54K annually. An Administrative Assistant role is the most prevalent career advancement for Typists. Paychecks for that role are $31K on average. The Executive Assistant position is another common transition for Typists; in this role, salaries are typically at the $46K mark.

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Pay by Experience Level for Word Processor / Typist

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


Typists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Typists see a median income of $31K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $34K. Typists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Typists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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Key Stats for Word Processor / Typist

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 22%


National Average
$37,000

up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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