The Latest Salary Scoop for a Data Entry Specialist

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An excellent data entry specialist inputs data with speed and accuracy. Razor-sharp eyes for detail propel them through their workdays and keep them striving to meet high standards. Strong computer skills and experience working within databases set them apart from other administrative professionals.

Does this sound like you? Then you might want to consider a career as a data entry specialist.

Data drives organizations of every size and shape these days. Therefore, it’s crucial that offices have team members performing data entry jobs so the entire enterprise can access those numbers for use in their work.

Let’s take a closer look at what employers are looking for in a data entry specialist.

What does a data entry specialist do?

The job description for a data entry specialist varies slightly, depending on the level of experience. For example, an entry-level or junior data entry specialist is responsible for entering data into databases quickly and accurately. Job duties for this role may also include taking orders from customers and then entering those orders into a tracking system.

At a more senior level, the job duties of a data entry specialist increase: They are also responsible for prioritizing and batching information for data entry, as well as completing information analysis for procedures and reports. Additionally, a senior data entry specialist needs knowledge of technical material plus the ability to train and supervise colleagues, while still entering high volumes of data.

Regardless of experience, both junior- and senior-level specialists need strong Microsoft Office skills, especially in Word and Excel. As time is a factor with data entry efficiency, many employers seek candidates with excellent typing rates. Required rates vary depending on each individual employer’s needs.

How much is a data entry specialist salary?

As with job duties, the data entry specialist salary depends on the experience level of each candidate. The OfficeTeam Salary Guide predicts that starting base salaries for senior data entry specialists will rise 2.7 percent in 2017 compared with 2016. Base salaries are expected to rise 2.8 percent higher than 2016 levels for data entry specialists. Here are two examples of anticipated 2017 starting salary ranges:

Data entry specialist salary: $24,250 to $31,750

Senior data entry specialist salary: $30,000 to $36,000

Naturally, starting salaries vary depending on your skills and experience, the size of the organization you work for and the area of the U.S. in which you live. You can further explore competitive salaries in your region with our Salary Calculator.

Do you think the role of data entry specialist is right for you? You’ll find a wealth of data entry opportunities on the OfficeTeam job boards.

Salary Scoop is a regular blog series that focuses on various administrative positions, including job descriptions, required skill set and salary benchmarks.

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This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been updated to reflect more current information.