Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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 "Data Entry Keyers" (43-9021), "Secretaries and Administrative Assistants" (43-6011 through 43-6014), "Court Reporters" (23-2091), and "Medical Transcriptionists" (31-9094).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
101,450 1.4 % $16.55 $34,420 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.05 $13.40 $16.06 $19.23 $22.56
Annual Wage (2) $22,990 $27,870 $33,400 $40,000 $46,930


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 23,360 0.42 $17.21 $35,790
State Government (OES Designation) 18,860 0.82 $16.20 $33,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,640 0.57 $15.64 $32,540
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,770 0.13 $16.99 $35,350
Legal Services 5,610 0.50 $20.16 $41,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 18,860 0.82 $16.20 $33,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,640 0.57 $15.64 $32,540
Business Support Services 4,680 0.57 $14.05 $29,230
Legal Services 5,610 0.50 $20.16 $41,920
Local Government (OES Designation) 23,360 0.42 $17.21 $35,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 270 0.25 $28.06 $58,360
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.01 $22.20 $46,170
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $21.22 $44,140
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.04 $20.83 $43,330
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 100 0.02 $20.18 $41,980


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,770 1.41 1.77 $18.14 $37,730
New York 19,430 2.33 2.92 $16.85 $35,040
Pennsylvania 9,390 1.71 2.15 $15.67 $32,590
New Jersey 9,210 2.44 3.06 $17.58 $36,560
Florida 4,280 0.60 0.76 $13.61 $28,300




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,770 3.09 3.87 $14.67 $30,510
District of Columbia 1,870 2.93 3.67 $16.39 $34,080
New Jersey 9,210 2.44 3.06 $17.58 $36,560
New York 19,430 2.33 2.92 $16.85 $35,040
Pennsylvania 9,390 1.71 2.15 $15.67 $32,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 860 0.32 0.40 $19.45 $40,450
Massachusetts 1,410 0.45 0.57 $19.07 $39,660
Connecticut 880 0.55 0.69 $18.62 $38,730
California 19,770 1.41 1.77 $18.14 $37,730
Colorado 520 0.24 0.30 $17.66 $36,720

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,810 2.31 2.89 $17.78 $36,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,500 1.31 1.64 $17.65 $36,720
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,510 3.75 4.70 $19.04 $39,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,740 1.64 2.05 $16.00 $33,290
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,710 1.50 1.88 $16.88 $35,110
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,360 2.48 3.11 $17.96 $37,350
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 2,010 4.74 5.94 $15.95 $33,170
Pittsburgh, PA 1,850 1.69 2.12 $13.73 $28,570
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.74 2.17 $17.17 $35,710
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 1.66 2.08 $20.76 $43,170




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,580 7.34 9.20 $17.90 $37,240
Ocean City, NJ 250 6.75 8.46 $15.95 $33,180
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,460 4.77 5.98 $15.69 $32,630
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 2,010 4.74 5.94 $15.95 $33,170
Ithaca, NY 220 4.39 5.50 $17.14 $35,650
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,510 3.75 4.70 $19.04 $39,590
Binghamton, NY 400 3.73 4.67 $13.99 $29,100
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 840 3.46 4.34 $16.61 $34,550
Honolulu, HI 1,430 3.40 4.26 $14.66 $30,480
Utica-Rome, NY 420 3.38 4.23 $15.78 $32,830




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 570 0.67 0.83 $26.43 $54,980
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 450 0.33 0.42 $22.25 $46,280
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,580 1.66 2.08 $20.76 $43,170
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 780 0.47 0.59 $20.53 $42,700
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 180 0.45 0.57 $20.13 $41,870
Wheeling, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $19.69 $40,960
Richmond, VA 90 0.16 0.20 $19.51 $40,590
Madison, WI 440 1.37 1.71 $19.25 $40,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.84 1.05 $19.16 $39,840
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 120 0.73 0.91 $19.13 $39,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 790 4.26 5.34 $15.04 $31,280
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 710 3.70 4.64 $14.67 $30,520
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.94 3.69 $14.55 $30,270
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 340 2.23 2.79 $14.71 $30,600
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.13 1.41 $15.56 $32,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 790 4.26 5.34 $15.04 $31,280
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 710 3.70 4.64 $14.67 $30,520
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.94 3.69 $14.55 $30,270
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 340 2.23 2.79 $14.71 $30,600
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.98 2.48 $15.31 $31,850

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 0.59 $18.52 $38,520
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.26 $18.47 $38,410
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.20 1.50 $18.03 $37,490
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.15 $17.52 $36,430
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.23 $35,850


About May 2010 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 mean 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011