Word Processor / Typist Salary

For Typists, hourly average wages total $16.71 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The vast majority (86 percent) of Typists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Typists. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,553 - $67,732

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$11.43 - $26.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,553 - $67,732  
   
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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$24,610 - $64,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $26.25  
   
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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$24,610 - $64,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 not the most common occurrence, Typists sometimes become Legal Word Processors, where the average income is $54K per year. More often than not, an Administrative Assistant role is the next step for Typists moving up in the field. Pay for Administrative Assistants is usually $31K. Many Typists choose to take on an Executive Assistant role instead, where salaries are typically $45K.

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Survey takers who work as 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. Microsoft Office and Typing are also commonly seen together.

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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $34K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $37K. On average, Typists make $44K following one to two decades on the job. Typists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $49K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

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 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
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