What Is the Average WPM?

The average typing speed measured in WPM, or words per minute, is 41 WPM, with boys showing better average results at 44 WPM and girls averaging 37 WPM. The website RankMyTyping states that the average typing speed is 43 WPM, based upon their tests.

According to Teresia Ostrach, the president of Five Star Staffing, the median typing speed is 38 WPM and the mean is 40 WPM. She states that half of the population lacks enough finger dexterity to type more than 50 WPM. The average accuracy is 92 percent, meaning that the average typist makes eight errors per every 100 words. The fastest typist on record had a peak speed of 216 WPM using the dvorak key layout.