Data entry operator

Average Data entry operator Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


Data entry operators are extremely important employees for businesses both large and small. The type of information data entry operators are responsible for recording differs in every company, from numbers to client information and everything in between. Data entry operators help companies work more efficiently and create strategies that boost business.

Example data entry job description

Our company is seeking an attentive, detail-oriented individual to fill the open position of data entry operator. The data entry operator is responsible for managing the input of customer information into the company database on a daily basis and maintaining the integrity of stored data. The ideal person for this position appreciates accuracy and is able to maintain focus for an extended period of time. If you are seeking an opportunity to exercise your diligence, our data entry position might be the job for you! 

Typical duties include: 

  • Review documents from various sources and input text and numerical data 

  • Organize information in database systems according to corporate guidelines 

  • Screen data entry for correct data

  • Research additional client information as necessary 

  • Operate the database to run queries and generate reports 

  • Comply with all data entry policies and maintain confidentiality 

  • Use computers and other equipment to perform additional office duties 

  • Perform all other data entry duties as assigned


  • Data entry skills and word processing experience

  • Experience with computer systems, data entry programs and Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Excel software 

  • Previous experience in an office environment 

  • Typing skills and the ability to type up to 80 words per minute 

  • Proven attention to detail and accuracy 

  • Ability to keep confidentiality 

  • Organizational skills 

  • Interpersonal communication skills

  • High school diploma or GED 

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Previous experience as a data entry operator 

  • Formal typist training or data entry training

Common questions about data entry

How much does a data entry operator make?

On average, data entry operators earn upwards of $15 per hour. In addition to full-time work, data entry operators also enjoy additional benefits such as health insurance and paid time off.

What are the education requirements?

At most companies, data entry operators are required to have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, many companies also prefer formal data entry training.

Career paths for data entry operators

Individuals who start their career as a data entry operator are eligible for a lot of exciting opportunities moving forward. Many dedicated data entry operators are promoted to managerial positions.

The future of data entry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, data entry jobs are expected to grow 1.4% over the next ten years. This is less than the average for all positions in the United States.

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