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Word Processor / Typist Salary

Pay for Typists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.55 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Typists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Typists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,057 - $66,071
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MEDIAN: $44,487
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$10.78 - $25.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,057 - $66,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,950  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $2,310  
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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$23,382 - $62,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$10.78 - $25.26  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $56.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,950  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $2,310  
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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$23,382 - $62,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 125
United States (change)

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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Typists may experience if they take an upper-level role like Legal Word Processor. The position pays an average $54K annually. An Administrative Assistant role is the most common promotion for Typists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $31K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Typists is an Executive Assistant position, where earnings are usually $45K.

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Survey takers who work as Typists typically report just a few professional skills. Word Processing and Microsoft Office are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Typists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Typists make a median salary of $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $48K, 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 6%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 17%


National Average
$39,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%