Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
96,560 1.3 % $17.40 $36,190 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.61 $14.18 $16.96 $20.06 $23.59
Annual Wage (2) $24,150 $29,490 $35,270 $41,730 $49,060


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) 24,080 0.44 $18.39 $38,250
State Government (OES Designation) 23,350 1.06 $16.90 $35,160
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,040 0.12 $17.20 $35,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,860 0.43 $16.17 $33,640
Legal Services 4,790 0.43 $21.42 $44,550

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) 23,350 1.06 $16.90 $35,160
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,090 0.47 $17.47 $36,330
Local Government (OES Designation) 24,080 0.44 $18.39 $38,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 8,860 0.43 $16.17 $33,640
Legal Services 4,790 0.43 $21.42 $44,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 350 0.33 $27.85 $57,930
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 150 0.03 $23.78 $49,460
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 70 0.01 $22.89 $47,600
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $21.82 $45,390
Legal Services 4,790 0.43 $21.42 $44,550


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 26,610 1.86 2.51 $19.11 $39,740
New York 16,500 1.93 2.61 $18.03 $37,500
New Jersey 8,200 2.16 2.92 $19.04 $39,600
Pennsylvania 7,010 1.25 1.69 $16.24 $33,780
Florida 3,730 0.51 0.69 $13.28 $27,610




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 1,540 2.62 3.53 $14.51 $30,170
District of Columbia 1,480 2.26 3.06 $16.17 $33,630
New Jersey 8,200 2.16 2.92 $19.04 $39,600
New York 16,500 1.93 2.61 $18.03 $37,500
California 26,610 1.86 2.51 $19.11 $39,740




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 740 0.27 0.36 $19.76 $41,110
Delaware 120 0.30 0.41 $19.49 $40,540
Connecticut 800 0.49 0.67 $19.20 $39,940
Oregon 510 0.31 0.42 $19.17 $39,870
California 26,610 1.86 2.51 $19.11 $39,740





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 11,210 2.90 3.91 $19.45 $40,450
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,360 1.04 1.40 $19.77 $41,120
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.18 4.29 $19.58 $40,720
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 3,060 3.74 5.05 $18.13 $37,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,680 1.14 1.54 $15.85 $32,960
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,200 2.31 3.11 $19.73 $41,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,770 0.97 1.31 $16.82 $34,990
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,770 1.40 1.89 $18.61 $38,700
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,730 4.06 5.48 $17.06 $35,490
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,640 1.41 1.90 $16.56 $34,450




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 300 7.96 10.74 $17.93 $37,290
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,580 7.32 9.88 $18.54 $38,560
Ocean City, NJ 210 5.67 7.65 $18.87 $39,250
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,330 4.34 5.86 $15.87 $33,000
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,730 4.06 5.48 $17.06 $35,490
Glens Falls, NY 210 3.96 5.34 $13.93 $28,970
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,060 3.87 5.22 $17.09 $35,540
Napa, CA 240 3.79 5.11 $17.95 $37,330
Utica-Rome, NY 460 3.78 5.09 $16.13 $33,540
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 150 3.77 5.09 $17.81 $37,050




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 Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,330 1.33 1.80 $24.73 $51,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.28 0.38 $24.41 $50,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 440 0.31 0.42 $21.35 $44,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 150 1.79 2.41 $21.21 $44,130
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 110 0.13 0.17 $20.67 $43,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.87 1.17 $20.64 $42,930
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.38 0.51 $20.52 $42,680
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 370 0.37 0.49 $20.39 $42,410
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 390 0.71 0.95 $19.87 $41,330
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 390 0.15 0.20 $19.84 $41,270

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 740 4.03 5.43 $16.03 $33,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 570 2.95 3.98 $16.15 $33,590
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 390 2.31 3.12 $16.23 $33,760
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 370 3.00 4.05 $15.45 $32,140
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 300 1.95 2.63 $11.58 $24,090

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 4.25 5.74 $18.58 $38,640
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 740 4.03 5.43 $16.03 $33,340
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 190 3.18 4.30 $17.01 $35,380
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 100 3.04 4.10 $16.00 $33,280
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 370 3.00 4.05 $15.45 $32,140

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)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.73 $38,950
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 4.25 5.74 $18.58 $38,640
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 150 1.67 2.25 $18.25 $37,960
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 0.44 $18.12 $37,700
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 0.52 $17.81 $37,030


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013