Salary, Wages, Pay: Data Entry and Information Processing Workers


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Median annual earnings of word processors and typists in 2002 were $26,730. The middle 50 percent earned between $21,540 and $32,950. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,750, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $40,450. The salaries of these workers vary by industry and by region. In 2002, median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of word processors and typists were as follows:

Local government $27,840
State government 26,440
Elementary and secondary schools 24,960
Business support services 24,140
Employment services 24,050

Median annual earnings of data entry keyers in 2002 were $22,390. The middle 50 percent earned between $18,810 and $26,840. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $26,840. The following are median annual earnings for 2002 in the industries employing the largest numbers of data entry keyers:






Federal Government $25,750
Insurance carriers 22,870
Employment services 21,150
Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services 19,950
Data processing, hosting, and related services 19,720


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