Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
53,130 2.9 % $19.79 $41,160 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.02 $15.78 $19.11 $23.18 $27.93
Annual Wage (2) $27,070 $32,810 $39,750 $48,210 $58,090


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) 13,010 0.24 $19.93 $41,460
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,100 0.14 $21.18 $44,050
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 8,530 0.39 $18.46 $38,400
Business Support Services 3,310 0.37 $16.74 $34,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,480 0.12 $20.26 $42,130

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) 8,530 0.39 $18.46 $38,400
Business Support Services 3,310 0.37 $16.74 $34,810
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 13,010 0.24 $19.93 $41,460
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 510 0.21 $18.58 $38,650
Legal Services 2,340 0.21 $23.28 $48,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $26.60 $55,320
Legal Services 2,340 0.21 $23.28 $48,430
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 360 0.04 $23.03 $47,910
Natural Gas Distribution 40 0.03 $22.39 $46,570
Other Schools and Instruction (8) (8) $21.54 $44,800


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 17,150 1.83 4.98 $21.10 $43,880
California 7,790 0.46 1.25 $21.53 $44,790
Pennsylvania 6,200 1.06 2.89 $17.60 $36,600
New Jersey 3,890 0.96 2.62 $20.55 $42,740
Florida 2,160 0.25 0.68 $15.55 $32,340




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 17,150 1.83 4.98 $21.10 $43,880
Pennsylvania 6,200 1.06 2.89 $17.60 $36,600
New Jersey 3,890 0.96 2.62 $20.55 $42,740
Hawaii 520 0.81 2.21 $17.67 $36,760
Rhode Island 290 0.60 1.63 $20.84 $43,350




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 240 0.34 0.93 $24.48 $50,920
Connecticut 640 0.39 1.06 $23.37 $48,600
Illinois 270 0.05 0.12 $22.41 $46,620
Massachusetts 650 0.18 0.49 $22.12 $46,020
Washington 460 0.14 0.39 $22.09 $45,960





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 12,150 1.28 3.49 $22.80 $47,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,090 0.83 2.26 $21.16 $44,010
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,120 0.74 2.03 $18.14 $37,730
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,610 2.92 7.95 $18.24 $37,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,470 3.25 8.86 $18.77 $39,040
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 910 2.81 7.65 $18.27 $38,010
Pittsburgh, PA 910 0.79 2.16 $17.83 $37,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 860 0.27 0.75 $22.32 $46,420
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 820 0.32 0.87 $16.21 $33,710
Syracuse, NY 770 2.52 6.87 $18.54 $38,560




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)
Altoona, PA 270 4.54 12.37 $17.87 $37,170
Kingston, NY 220 3.57 9.74 $20.09 $41,780
Ocean City, NJ 140 3.48 9.48 $20.14 $41,890
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 130 3.26 8.89 $17.45 $36,300
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,470 3.25 8.86 $18.77 $39,040
Glens Falls, NY 160 3.07 8.36 $18.49 $38,450
Trenton, NJ 700 3.03 8.25 $20.35 $42,340
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,610 2.92 7.95 $18.24 $37,940
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 910 2.81 7.65 $18.27 $38,010
Elmira, NY 100 2.78 7.56 $19.23 $40,000




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 630 0.26 0.71 $29.69 $61,760
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 190 0.10 0.26 $25.28 $52,590
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.30 0.83 $25.01 $52,030
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.32 0.88 $24.72 $51,420
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.17 0.45 $23.82 $49,540
New Haven, CT 110 0.40 1.09 $23.34 $48,540
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 200 0.04 0.12 $23.19 $48,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,150 1.28 3.49 $22.80 $47,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 470 0.17 0.46 $22.70 $47,210
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 30 0.10 0.28 $22.35 $46,490

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 600 3.26 8.88 $17.16 $35,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 550 3.74 10.19 $17.66 $36,740
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 500 3.10 8.46 $17.37 $36,140
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.88 7.84 $17.80 $37,010
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 240 1.48 4.02 $16.38 $34,060

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 550 3.74 10.19 $17.66 $36,740
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 600 3.26 8.88 $17.16 $35,700
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 500 3.10 8.46 $17.37 $36,140
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.88 7.84 $17.80 $37,010
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 240 1.48 4.02 $16.38 $34,060

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) $18.16 $37,760
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 440 2.88 7.84 $17.80 $37,010
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 550 3.74 10.19 $17.66 $36,740
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.22 0.59 $17.38 $36,150
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 500 3.10 8.46 $17.37 $36,140


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019