Typist Salaries

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A typist writes a company document.
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Some companies or organizations need employees whose sole duty is to type. Letters, forms, reports and other materials must be carefully and accurately typed for information to be communicated. Typists may also take on other types of clerical duties. If you are interested in becoming a typist, then learn about how much these employees earn.

National Salary

The mean hourly wage for word processors and typists was $16.21, and the mean annual wage, or average salary, was $33,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009.

Experience

PayScale lists the median hourly wage of typists based on the years of experience. On Oct. 25, 2010, typists with one to four years of experience earned anywhere between $9.50 to $14 per hour; five to nine years, $11.03 to $15.98; 10 to 19 years, $8.50 to $14.55; and 20 years or more, $11.79 to $15.97.

High Employment

The local government employed the largest number of word processors and typists with an average salary of $35,130, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that employed large numbers of word processors and typists were: the state government, $33,170; the Federal Executive Branch, $32,010; elementary and secondary schools, $33,060; and legal services, $41,010.

Top-Paying Industries

The natural gas distribution industry paid the highest average salary above all other industries to word processors and typists, with $58,250, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other industries that offered high pay were: rail transportation, $43,270; scientific research and development services, $41,750; wired telecommunications carriers, $41,490; and legal services, $41,010.

Top-Paying States

Massachusetts paid the highest average salary above all other states to word processors and typists, with $39,250, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other states that offered high pay were: California, $38,020; Washington, $37,850; Illinois, $37,090; and Rhode Island, $36,530.

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