Word Processor / Typist Salary

Median pay for Typists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.54 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Typists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up the vast majority of Typists (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$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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90%

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National Salary 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$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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It's not very common for Typists to move on to become Legal Word Processors. Average pay for a Legal Word Processor 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 $45K.

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Typists who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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. Employees educated in Microsoft Office are typically practiced in Typing, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Word Processor / Typist

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


For Typists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $34K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $36K. Typists bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $49K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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