Word Processor / Typist Salary

Typists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.60 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. There are far more female Typists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction for Typists is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,721 - $67,495
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $47,031
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$11.30 - $25.53
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$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,721 - $67,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,712  
Profit Sharing
$884 - $2,350  
Total Pay (?
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$24,304 - $64,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.30 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $59.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,712  
   
Profit Sharing
$884 - $2,350  
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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$24,304 - $64,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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Though some Typists move into positions like Legal Word Processor (where the average salary is $54K), this progression is not the norm. Given that the median pay is $31K, it may be surprising to find that an Administrative Assistant is the most common role for Typists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Executive Assistant role — which pays $45K — is also typical for Typists, though less common by comparison.

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Job skills reported by Typists are limited. Word Processing and Microsoft Office are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing. Experience with Microsoft Office is often linked with knowledge of 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $34K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Typists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 20%
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