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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
47,460 2.9 % $20.13 $41,880 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.39 $16.13 $19.39 $23.42 $28.30
Annual Wage (2) $27,850 $33,550 $40,340 $48,710 $58,860


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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 12,270 0.22 $20.59 $42,830
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,410 0.12 $20.99 $43,660
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,040 0.37 $18.83 $39,160
Business Support Services 2,850 0.32 $16.82 $34,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,280 0.11 $20.37 $42,370

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, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,040 0.37 $18.83 $39,160
Business Support Services 2,850 0.32 $16.82 $34,980
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 12,270 0.22 $20.59 $42,830
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 420 0.17 $19.41 $40,370
Legal Services 1,750 0.15 $25.48 $52,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 1,750 0.15 $25.48 $52,990
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $25.28 $52,580
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 280 0.01 $22.96 $47,760
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 390 0.04 $21.93 $45,610
Real Estate 160 0.01 $21.68 $45,100


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)
New York 14,920 1.57 4.85 $20.98 $43,630
California 7,610 0.44 1.36 $22.54 $46,880
Pennsylvania 6,210 1.05 3.26 $17.83 $37,080
New Jersey 3,540 0.86 2.68 $21.12 $43,940
Texas 1,650 0.13 0.41 $18.27 $38,000




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)
New York 14,920 1.57 4.85 $20.98 $43,630
Pennsylvania 6,210 1.05 3.26 $17.83 $37,080
New Jersey 3,540 0.86 2.68 $21.12 $43,940
Hawaii 490 0.77 2.38 $18.30 $38,070
Rhode Island 280 0.58 1.78 $21.30 $44,310




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 220 0.31 0.95 $25.30 $52,610
Massachusetts 580 0.16 0.50 $23.71 $49,310
Washington 460 0.14 0.43 $22.74 $47,300
California 7,610 0.44 1.36 $22.54 $46,880
Connecticut 430 0.26 0.80 $22.42 $46,620





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,220 1.06 3.28 $22.81 $47,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,980 0.80 2.47 $22.21 $46,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,100 0.73 2.26 $18.41 $38,290
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,620 2.95 9.12 $18.43 $38,340
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,290 2.84 8.78 $18.85 $39,200
Pittsburgh, PA 970 0.84 2.60 $17.83 $37,080
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 880 2.66 8.23 $18.63 $38,750
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 730 0.24 0.74 $18.20 $37,860
Syracuse, NY 700 2.28 7.05 $18.37 $38,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 690 0.22 0.67 $22.71 $47,240




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)
Johnstown, PA 210 4.12 12.74 $14.34 $29,830
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 160 4.06 12.55 $17.69 $36,800
Ocean City, NJ 140 3.55 10.99 $21.03 $43,750
Kingston, NY 180 3.05 9.43 $20.01 $41,620
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,620 2.95 9.12 $18.43 $38,340
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,290 2.84 8.78 $18.85 $39,200
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 110 2.81 8.70 $16.72 $34,780
Trenton, NJ 650 2.71 8.40 $21.53 $44,790
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 880 2.66 8.23 $18.63 $38,750
Utica-Rome, NY 320 2.48 7.68 $17.77 $36,950




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-Oakland-Hayward, CA 670 0.27 0.84 $30.58 $63,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 0.25 $26.92 $55,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.18 0.55 $25.54 $53,110
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.29 0.88 $25.50 $53,040
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.11 0.34 $25.32 $52,680
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 40 0.03 0.10 $25.01 $52,030
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 470 0.17 0.52 $24.22 $50,370
New Haven, CT 110 0.39 1.20 $23.83 $49,560
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,220 1.06 3.28 $22.81 $47,450
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.21 $22.72 $47,260

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 520 2.85 8.83 $17.63 $36,670
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 490 3.36 10.40 $17.38 $36,150
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.90 8.99 $17.95 $37,340
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 370 2.32 7.17 $18.53 $38,540
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 280 1.47 4.54 $17.21 $35,800

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 490 3.36 10.40 $17.38 $36,150
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.90 8.99 $17.95 $37,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 520 2.85 8.83 $17.63 $36,670
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 370 2.32 7.17 $18.53 $38,540
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 240 1.49 4.60 $16.88 $35,120

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)
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.89 $39,290
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 370 2.32 7.17 $18.53 $38,540
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.21 $18.27 $38,000
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.90 8.99 $17.95 $37,340
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 520 2.85 8.83 $17.63 $36,670


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020