Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
65,200 2.8 % $19.74 $41,070 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.87 $15.79 $19.11 $23.28 $27.91
Annual Wage (2) $26,770 $32,850 $39,740 $48,420 $58,040


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) 20,640 0.38 $21.08 $43,840
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11,950 0.14 $20.47 $42,570
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,330 0.43 $17.98 $37,400
Business Support Services 4,410 0.48 $15.85 $32,970
Legal Services 2,960 0.26 $22.38 $46,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Support Services 4,410 0.48 $15.85 $32,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 9,330 0.43 $17.98 $37,400
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 20,640 0.38 $21.08 $43,840
Legal Services 2,960 0.26 $22.38 $46,560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 570 0.24 $18.16 $37,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 120 0.01 $25.83 $53,730
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $24.55 $51,070
Legal Services 2,960 0.26 $22.38 $46,560
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 40 0.01 $22.14 $46,060
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $21.96 $45,680


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 17,560 1.91 4.17 $20.44 $42,510
California 14,510 0.87 1.90 $22.84 $47,510
Pennsylvania 6,880 1.19 2.60 $17.03 $35,420
New Jersey 4,040 1.01 2.20 $20.23 $42,090
Florida 2,590 0.31 0.67 $15.32 $31,860




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 17,560 1.91 4.17 $20.44 $42,510
Pennsylvania 6,880 1.19 2.60 $17.03 $35,420
New Jersey 4,040 1.01 2.20 $20.23 $42,090
Rhode Island 420 0.88 1.92 $20.29 $42,200
California 14,510 0.87 1.90 $22.84 $47,510




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 250 0.35 0.77 $23.64 $49,170
California 14,510 0.87 1.90 $22.84 $47,510
Washington 650 0.20 0.45 $22.62 $47,050
Illinois 370 0.06 0.14 $21.88 $45,520
Connecticut 820 0.50 1.09 $21.78 $45,310



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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 9,620 2.17 4.75 $23.36 $48,580
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,000 1.05 2.29 $22.80 $47,420
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 4,510 3.46 7.57 $21.17 $44,040
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,520 3.40 7.43 $17.99 $37,420
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 1,450 2.65 5.80 $18.28 $38,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,090 1.21 2.65 $17.30 $35,990
Pittsburgh, PA 1,040 0.91 2.00 $17.55 $36,500
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,020 3.14 6.87 $17.58 $36,570
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 970 0.83 1.82 $20.59 $42,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 860 0.60 1.31 $21.68 $45,100


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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 350 7.22 15.78 $10.91 $22,700
Altoona, PA 240 4.23 9.25 (8) (8)
Kingston, NY 210 3.52 7.70 $19.18 $39,900
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 4,510 3.46 7.57 $21.17 $44,040
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,520 3.40 7.43 $17.99 $37,420
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,020 3.14 6.87 $17.58 $36,570
Trenton, NJ 720 3.13 6.84 $20.38 $42,390
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 120 3.08 6.73 $17.08 $35,530
Glens Falls, NY 150 2.85 6.23 $18.22 $37,910
Ocean City, NJ 100 2.69 5.89 $19.19 $39,910


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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-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.59 1.28 $28.93 $60,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 280 0.17 0.37 $27.17 $56,520
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.38 0.83 $24.81 $51,600
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.33 0.73 $23.58 $49,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,620 2.17 4.75 $23.36 $48,580
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.14 $23.01 $47,850
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 70 0.69 1.52 $22.80 $47,420
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,000 1.05 2.29 $22.80 $47,420
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.40 0.88 $22.59 $46,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 660 0.26 0.58 $21.99 $45,750

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 3.32 7.26 $16.43 $34,180
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 560 3.86 8.44 $16.93 $35,220
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.12 6.81 $15.86 $32,990
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 370 2.42 5.30 $17.66 $36,740
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 260 1.39 3.05 $17.32 $36,020

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 560 3.86 8.44 $16.93 $35,220
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 600 3.32 7.26 $16.43 $34,180
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.12 6.81 $15.86 $32,990
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 100 2.99 6.54 $17.83 $37,080
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 370 2.42 5.30 $17.66 $36,740

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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.20 0.43 $20.53 $42,700
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.71 $40,990
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.44 $19.20 $39,930
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.38 0.83 $18.90 $39,310
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 0.72 $18.20 $37,850


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018