What Is the Standard Typing Speed?

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For a casual typist, the average typing speed is 41 words per minute (WPM) with 92 percent accuracy, according to eLearning Industry. The average is between 50 and 80 WPM for individuals who write for a living.

In comparison, the average speed for writing by hand is 31 words per minute, and the average adult reading speed is 270 words per minute. Like any skill, typing speed can be improved with practice. It is advisable for beginners to start with the basics while more advanced typists can focus on speed and accuracy tasks. Fast and accurate typing ability is also a good resume booster and often a necessity for many jobs.