How Many Words Per Minute Is Good?

A good typing speed for an average person is over 40 words per minute, and a good typing speed for a professional is around 75 WPM. Only about half of the population is able to type over 50 WPM, according to the President of Five Star Staffing, Teresia Ostrach.

Some professionals are able to type between 120 and 150 WPM. The most common way to measure typing speed is WPM, but it can also be measured by the number of characters a person can type in a minute. Typing error correction, or making a mistake that needs to be fixed, can cause a lower typing speed.