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Word Processor / Typist Salary

Median pay for Typists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.59 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in five lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Female Typists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Typists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,841 - $66,439
(Median)
$27K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,791
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$11.22 - $25.38
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,841 - $66,439  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,125  
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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$24,105 - $64,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$11.22 - $25.38  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $59.63  
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 - $3,125  
   
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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$24,105 - $64,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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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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Typists do not often transition into Legal Word Processor roles. The role averages $54K per year. The most common career progression for Typists leads to becoming an Administrative Assistant, where pay is typically $31K. However, many Typists also opt to become Executive Assistants, a position that pays $45K on average.

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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 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Typing. Those with knowledge of Microsoft Office tend to be skilled in Typing as well.

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. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. As Typists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 12%


National Average
$40,000

up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 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
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 21%
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