Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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. Include composing data keyers. Exclude "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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
161,730 1.5 % $14.33 $29,800 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.15 $11.14 $13.74 $16.82 $20.77
Annual Wage (2) $19,040 $23,170 $28,590 $34,980 $43,200

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 30,730 $14.50 $30,160
State government (OES designation) 29,400 $13.67 $28,430
Employment services 17,440 $13.74 $28,580
Elementary and secondary schools 12,840 $13.79 $28,690
Legal services 10,380 $17.77 $36,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 50 $19.76 $41,110
Rail transportation 100 $19.62 $40,810
Federal government (OES designation) 4,710 $18.47 $38,420
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers (7) $18.05 $37,540
Legal services 10,380 $17.77 $36,960

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 2,590 $13.11 $27,260 0.451%
District of Columbia 2,170 $15.77 $32,800 0.356%
New Jersey 13,850 $15.78 $32,820 0.355%
New York 26,070 $14.92 $31,030 0.314%
Pennsylvania 13,150 $13.55 $28,180 0.238%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Colorado 1,190 $16.71 $34,760 0.056%
Washington 1,510 $16.57 $34,460 0.058%
California 24,840 $16.38 $34,070 0.170%
Oregon 670 $16.00 $33,270 0.042%
Delaware 350 $15.99 $33,270 0.085%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Trenton, NJ PMSA 1,770 $14.48 $30,130 0.803%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 2,840 $13.66 $28,420 0.633%
Syracuse, NY MSA 1,830 $12.03 $25,020 0.548%
Honolulu, HI MSA 2,150 $13.32 $27,720 0.512%
Yolo, CA PMSA 460 $15.67 $32,580 0.482%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 2,010 $22.42 $46,620 0.211%
San Jose, CA PMSA 830 $20.08 $41,760 0.097%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 160 $19.53 $40,620 0.065%
Nashua, NH PMSA 120 $18.86 $39,240 0.120%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 130 $18.26 $37,970 0.054%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

All Office and Administrative Support Occupations

November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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