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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
41,930 2.4 % $ 20.85 $ 43,370 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Word Processors and Typists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.32 $ 17.84 $ 21.17 $ 23.05 $ 29.00
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,780 $ 37,110 $ 44,030 $ 47,950 $ 60,320


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) 12,530 0.23 $ 22.10 $ 45,970
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,600 0.13 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,610 0.30 $ 19.27 $ 40,090
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,850 0.09 $ 21.56 $ 44,850
Business Support Services 1,430 0.17 $ 15.35 $ 31,930

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) 6,610 0.30 $ 19.27 $ 40,090
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 12,530 0.23 $ 22.10 $ 45,970
Business Support Services 1,430 0.17 $ 15.35 $ 31,930
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 370 0.15 $ 12.21 $ 25,400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 350 0.15 $ 19.89 $ 41,380

Top paying industries for Word Processors and Typists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $ 27.57 $ 57,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 110 0.01 $ 27.04 $ 56,230
Legal Services 1,180 0.10 $ 25.53 $ 53,110
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $ 24.31 $ 50,560
Outpatient Care Centers 80 0.01 $ 22.63 $ 47,060


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.



Map of employment of word processors and typists by state, May 2021


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 12,680 1.46 4.91 $ 21.59 $ 44,920
California 9,890 0.60 2.01 $ 22.32 $ 46,430
Pennsylvania 5,080 0.91 3.06 $ 18.41 $ 38,290
New Jersey 3,600 0.93 3.14 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Florida 1,290 0.15 0.50 $ 16.68 $ 34,700


Map of location quotient of word processors and typists by state, May 2021


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 12,680 1.46 4.91 $ 21.59 $ 44,920
New Jersey 3,600 0.93 3.14 $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Pennsylvania 5,080 0.91 3.06 $ 18.41 $ 38,290
Hawaii 390 0.70 2.37 $ 19.85 $ 41,280
California 9,890 0.60 2.01 $ 22.32 $ 46,430


Map of annual mean wages of word processors and typists by state, May 2021


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)
Alaska 70 0.25 0.82 $ 26.33 $ 54,760
District of Columbia 160 0.24 0.79 $ 23.95 $ 49,820
Massachusetts 440 0.13 0.44 $ 23.89 $ 49,700
Colorado 120 0.04 0.15 $ 23.64 $ 49,180
Delaware 50 0.11 0.38 $ 23.05 $ 47,950



Map of employment of word processors and typists by area, May 2021


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 9,050 1.04 3.50 $ 23.65 $ 49,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,700 1.17 3.93 $ 22.62 $ 47,040
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,450 0.55 1.84 $ 19.32 $ 40,180
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,280 2.55 8.58 $ 19.46 $ 40,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 990 0.65 2.18 $ 21.24 $ 44,180
Pittsburgh, PA 910 0.87 2.92 $ 18.76 $ 39,020
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 910 2.16 7.25 $ 19.50 $ 40,560
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 840 2.69 9.02 $ 19.25 $ 40,030
Rochester, NY 780 1.66 5.57 $ 18.38 $ 38,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 600 0.20 0.68 $ 21.86 $ 45,460


Map of location quotient of word processors and typists by area, May 2021


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 160 3.98 13.37 $ 22.57 $ 46,940
Kingston, NY 170 3.17 10.64 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 110 2.95 9.93 $ 18.51 $ 38,510
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 840 2.69 9.02 $ 19.25 $ 40,030
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,280 2.55 8.58 $ 19.46 $ 40,470
Williamsport, PA 120 2.51 8.42 $ 18.73 $ 38,960
Glens Falls, NY 120 2.48 8.34 $ 17.80 $ 37,030
Trenton, NJ 500 2.21 7.44 $ 21.01 $ 43,700
Elmira, NY 70 2.20 7.41 $ 18.38 $ 38,220
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 910 2.16 7.25 $ 19.50 $ 40,560


Map of annual mean wages of word processors and typists by area, May 2021


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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.09 $ 27.43 $ 57,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 410 0.18 0.62 $ 26.73 $ 55,590
Anchorage, AK 50 0.31 1.05 $ 26.03 $ 54,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 60 0.05 0.18 $ 25.79 $ 53,630
Madison, WI 130 0.34 1.13 $ 25.64 $ 53,340
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 350 0.14 0.45 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.29 0.97 $ 24.73 $ 51,440
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 330 0.08 0.26 $ 24.37 $ 50,700
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.24 0.81 $ 23.84 $ 49,590
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 9,050 1.04 3.50 $ 23.65 $ 49,190

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 530 3.19 10.73 $ 19.22 $ 39,970
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 450 3.30 11.08 $ 18.18 $ 37,820
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.41 8.11 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 2.53 8.49 $ 18.76 $ 39,030
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 1.28 4.31 $ 18.61 $ 38,710

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 450 3.30 11.08 $ 18.18 $ 37,820
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 530 3.19 10.73 $ 19.22 $ 39,970
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 2.53 8.49 $ 18.76 $ 39,030
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.41 8.11 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 210 1.40 4.71 $ 17.65 $ 36,710

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 530 3.19 10.73 $ 19.22 $ 39,970
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 1.06 $ 19.00 $ 39,530
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 360 2.41 8.11 $ 19.00 $ 39,510
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 350 2.53 8.49 $ 18.76 $ 39,030
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 230 1.28 4.31 $ 18.61 $ 38,710


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022