Word Processor / Typist Salary
Average Typists in the United States make around $16.37 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
The typist will have to compose and edit various documents, which can include memos, orders, reports, and other materials, depending on the company's needs. They will need to be able to produce and distribute copies of materials as required, as well as have the grammar and spelling skills necessary to proofread documents. Depending on the company's needs, the typist may need to know how to transcribe material from audio files, as well as be able to clean up the transcription. The typist will also often be asked to address envelopes and send out physical mail. While most of the responsibilities of the typist, or word processor, are directly related to a computer, they may be occasionally be asked to perform clerical duties such as answering phones or receiving faxes. This person may also need to be able to perform some simple monetary transactions, depending on the company's needs.
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
Typists may progress into high-paying roles like Legal Word Processor, where median compensation is $54K annually. 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 $46K.
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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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Typists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $33K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. Typists bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Typists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.