Word Processor / Typist Salary

Typists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.49 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Typists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,585 - $67,612
(Median)
$27K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,369
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$11.32 - $25.45
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,585 - $67,612  
   
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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$24,321 - $64,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $25.45  
   
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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$24,321 - $64,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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. As Typists progress in their field, many go on to become Administrative Assistants. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $31K. Another common career choice for Typists is to move into an Executive Assistant role — this promotion usually pays $45K.

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Typists report a narrow range of specific skills. Word Processing and Microsoft Office are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Typing. Aptitude in Microsoft Office tends to also indicate an understanding of Typing.

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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $34K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $36K. Typists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $49K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

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

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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
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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