What Are the Duties of a Data Entry Position?


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Data entry operators or data entry keyers operate data entry devices, including keyboards and photo-composing perforator equipment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data entry operators may verify data and prepare materials for printing or data processing.

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The average median hourly wage for data entry operators in the United States in 2014 was $14.48 per hour, or around $30,130 annually, according to the BLS. The lowest-paid 10 percent of workers in the field made $9.46 per hour, or $19,680, while 25 percent made $11.26 an hour, or $23,420. The top 10 percent of data entry operators made $20.68 per hour, or around $43,020 per year.

The highest levels of employment for data entry operators is found in the employment services industry, which employed 31,430 people in 2014, notes the BLS. Other top employers of data entry operators include accounting, tax preparation, booking and payroll services industries as well as data processing, hosting and related services. Local governments and elementary and secondary school industries are also top employers of data entry operators.

The top-paying industries for data entry operators include aerospace product and parts manufacturing, electric power generation and transmission distribution and the postal service, according to the BLS. Wired telecommunications carriers and lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets are also top-paying industries for data entry operators.

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