Average Typists in the United States make around $16.37 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average.

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MEDIAN: $49,446
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$11.40 - $25.76
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,383 - $74,932  
   
Bonus
$2,702  
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$24,710 - $66,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $25.76  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $61.08  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,702  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,710 - $66,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Legal Word Processor, where median compensation 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 $46K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Word Processor / Typist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Typists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $33K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $36K. Typists bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Typists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.

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Experience Affects Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Word Processor / Typist Salaries

Word Processing
up arrow 18%


National Average
$38,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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