Data Entry Specialist Salary

Data Entry Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $14.19 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Data Entry Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Data Entry Specialists making up 79 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,954 - $51,252
$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,975
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90%

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$10.81 - $19.00
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MEDIAN: $14.30
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$0$51K
Salary $24,954 - $51,252
Bonus $206.08 - $3,529
Profit Sharing $1,965
Commission $1,400
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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$23,171 - $44,498
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242
Hourly Data $0$28
Hourly Rate $10.81 - $19.00
Overtime $15.44 - $28.56
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $206.08 - $3,529
Commission $1,400
Profit Sharing $1,965
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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$23,171 - $44,498
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 813

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Job Description for Data Entry Specialist

A data entry specialist works on computers, entering information for processing or records retention. In many cases, this work may be repetitive, but accuracy is essential as this data is often essential for the day-to-day operations of a company. Data entry specialists are needed in a wide variety of environments, such as working with insurance information for claimants and new applicants, updating product information for online retailers, and processing patient records for large-scale medical facilities or clinics. Persons who work in data entry normally work at a computer, entering and updating data in specialized spreadsheets or proprietary forms/browsers. Due to the nature of the work, many companies provide regular breaks for their data entry personnel, as complaints such as tired eyes, headaches, and repetitive motion injuries in the hands and forearms are frequent complaints of employees in this position.

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Data Entry Specialist Tasks

  • Enter data into an information system.
  • Type rapidly and accurately both numerical and text data.
  • Inspect received data for possible errors.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Specialist


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As Data Entry Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Data Analyst, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Data Analysts earn $51K on average per year. Becoming a Lead Data Entry Operator or a Medical Billing Specialist is a common transition from a Data Entry Specialist role.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Data Management, Microsoft Office, and Data Processing are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Data Entry also know Microsoft Excel and Data Processing.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Data Entry Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Data Entry Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Data Entry Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 250 salaries. An experienced Data Entry Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 225 salaries. A Data Entry Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 81 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,121

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Data Entry Specialists that is 48 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Data Entry Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Cincinnati (+16 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Houston (18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Data Entry Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Data Entry Specialist?

Data Entry Specialist in New York:
"PERKS."
Pros: IT'S FLEXIBLE AND OFFERS PTO BENEFITS.
Cons: THE PAY AND THE FACT THAT THE PAY INCREASES EVERY FISCAL YEAR WHILE PREVIOUS WORKERS' SALARIES AREN'T RAISED TO EQUAL THE NEW SALARY ADJUSTMENTS.

Data Entry Specialist in South Houston:
"Not appreciated."
Pros: Some of the people I work with. Helping and seeing people become successful and well adjusted after completing the programs.
Cons: The worst is not be appreciated or compensated for working so hard. While others are being well compensated for doing little to no work.

Data Entry Specialist in Lebanon:
"Easy Easy Work."
Pros: Once you learn the basic this job is very easy. It doesn't take long to master and there is a fair bit of leniency for errors.
Cons: It's the same thing over and over all day. Staff is generally under trained or lazy. Management back slides in everything and are terrible at communicating. The health plan is way too expensive. The hours are terrible.

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Key Stats for Data Entry Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Data Entry Specialist Salaries

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$31,000

▼2%

▼4%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Specialist Salaries



National Average
$31,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Data Processing
▼2%

Microsoft Excel
▼2%

Typing
▼2%

Customer Service
▼2%

▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 30%
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