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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

43-9022 Word Processors and Typists

Use word processor, computer, or typewriter to type letters, reports, forms, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned. Excludes "Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners" (27-3092), "Medical Transcriptionists" (31-9094), "Secretaries and Administrative Assistants" (43-6010), and "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021).


National estimates for Word Processors and Typists
Industry profile for Word Processors and Typists
Geographic profile for Word Processors and Typists

National estimates for Word Processors and Typists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Word Processors and Typists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
42,920 2.4 % $ 20.50 $ 42,630 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Word Processors and Typists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.78 $ 16.62 $ 19.73 $ 23.86 $ 28.48
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,650 $ 34,570 $ 41,050 $ 49,640 $ 59,240


Industry profile for Word Processors and Typists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Word Processors and Typists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Word Processors and Typists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Word Processors and Typists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,500 0.21 $ 21.13 $ 43,940
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8,560 0.10 $ 20.58 $ 42,810
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,270 0.33 $ 19.18 $ 39,900
Business Support Services 2,290 0.28 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,070 0.10 $ 21.20 $ 44,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Word Processors and Typists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 7,270 0.33 $ 19.18 $ 39,900
Business Support Services 2,290 0.28 $ 17.67 $ 36,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,500 0.21 $ 21.13 $ 43,940
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 410 0.17 $ 19.97 $ 41,530
Legal Services 1,400 0.12 $ 26.82 $ 55,790

Top paying industries for Word Processors and Typists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 1,400 0.12 $ 26.82 $ 55,790
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $ 25.64 $ 53,330
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 270 0.01 $ 24.17 $ 50,270
Outpatient Care Centers 100 0.01 $ 23.62 $ 49,120
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 320 0.03 $ 22.50 $ 46,790


Geographic profile for Word Processors and Typists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Word Processors and Typists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Word Processors and Typists, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Word Processors and Typists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 12,380 1.42 4.62 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
California 7,720 0.47 1.52 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Pennsylvania 5,780 1.05 3.40 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
New Jersey 3,540 0.94 3.04 $ 21.48 $ 44,670
Texas 1,890 0.16 0.51 $ 18.97 $ 39,460




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Word Processors and Typists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 12,380 1.42 4.62 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
Pennsylvania 5,780 1.05 3.40 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
New Jersey 3,540 0.94 3.04 $ 21.48 $ 44,670
Hawaii 420 0.73 2.37 $ 18.55 $ 38,570
Rhode Island 240 0.55 1.77 $ 21.58 $ 44,880




Top paying states for Word Processors and Typists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 190 0.28 0.89 $ 27.13 $ 56,440
Massachusetts 430 0.13 0.41 $ 25.43 $ 52,890
Connecticut 360 0.23 0.76 $ 23.15 $ 48,150
Colorado 150 0.06 0.19 $ 23.07 $ 47,980
California 7,720 0.47 1.52 $ 22.90 $ 47,630





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Word Processors and Typists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,010 0.91 2.94 $ 23.04 $ 47,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,730 0.81 2.63 $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,830 0.68 2.19 $ 19.72 $ 41,010
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,660 3.35 10.86 $ 18.78 $ 39,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,230 0.41 1.34 $ 18.81 $ 39,130
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 940 2.24 7.26 $ 19.08 $ 39,690
Pittsburgh, PA 910 0.86 2.77 $ 18.53 $ 38,550
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 860 2.75 8.91 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Trenton, NJ 710 3.07 9.95 $ 21.17 $ 44,040
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 670 0.45 1.47 $ 21.62 $ 44,970




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Word Processors and Typists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ocean City, NJ 170 4.97 16.10 $ 21.77 $ 45,280
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 170 4.57 14.81 $ 17.54 $ 36,490
Johnstown, PA 180 3.94 12.78 $ 15.21 $ 31,630
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,660 3.35 10.86 $ 18.78 $ 39,070
Kingston, NY 170 3.18 10.30 $ 19.56 $ 40,680
Trenton, NJ 710 3.07 9.95 $ 21.17 $ 44,040
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 110 2.76 8.93 $ 17.63 $ 36,670
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 860 2.75 8.91 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Utica-Rome, NY 310 2.71 8.78 $ 18.28 $ 38,020
Binghamton, NY 250 2.66 8.63 $ 15.49 $ 32,220




Top paying metropolitan areas for Word Processors and Typists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 620 0.27 0.87 $ 30.60 $ 63,640
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 0.49 $ 26.56 $ 55,250
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 340 0.13 0.42 $ 26.30 $ 54,710
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.34 1.11 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 80 0.04 0.13 $ 24.84 $ 51,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.18 0.57 $ 24.64 $ 51,250
New Haven, CT 110 0.39 1.26 $ 24.44 $ 50,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 40 0.04 0.13 $ 24.38 $ 50,720
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 30 0.03 0.09 $ 24.13 $ 50,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 23.97 $ 49,860

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Word Processors and Typists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 550 3.31 10.73 $ 18.77 $ 39,030
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 3.14 10.16 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 440 3.28 10.63 $ 17.52 $ 36,430
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.36 7.64 $ 19.26 $ 40,070
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.43 4.64 $ 18.20 $ 37,850

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Word Processors and Typists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 550 3.31 10.73 $ 18.77 $ 39,030
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 440 3.28 10.63 $ 17.52 $ 36,430
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 3.14 10.16 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.36 7.64 $ 19.26 $ 40,070
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 1.55 5.03 $ 17.57 $ 36,540

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Word Processors and Typists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.26 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.36 7.64 $ 19.26 $ 40,070
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 550 3.31 10.73 $ 18.77 $ 39,030
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 3.14 10.16 $ 18.45 $ 38,380
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.43 4.64 $ 18.20 $ 37,850


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021