Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
96,330 1.3 % $16.94 $35,240 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.16 $13.46 $16.47 $19.75 $23.16
Annual Wage (2) $23,210 $27,990 $34,260 $41,070 $48,180


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 (OES Designation) 21,770 0.39 $17.73 $36,870
State Government (OES Designation) 20,270 0.89 $16.21 $33,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,260 0.50 $15.89 $33,050
Elementary and Secondary Schools 9,910 0.12 $17.16 $35,690
Legal Services 5,390 0.48 $20.96 $43,600

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 (OES Designation) 20,270 0.89 $16.21 $33,710
Business Support Services 4,500 0.55 $14.62 $30,420
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,260 0.50 $15.89 $33,050
Legal Services 5,390 0.48 $20.96 $43,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 21,770 0.39 $17.73 $36,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 340 0.32 $27.15 $56,470
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $21.40 $44,510
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $21.07 $43,830
Legal Services 5,390 0.48 $20.96 $43,600
Other Support Services (8) (8) $20.76 $43,170


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)
California 18,770 1.34 1.78 $18.66 $38,800
New York 17,130 2.03 2.71 $17.69 $36,800
New Jersey 8,540 2.26 3.02 $18.66 $38,820
Pennsylvania 8,250 1.49 1.98 $16.74 $34,830
Florida 4,090 0.57 0.76 $13.76 $28,630




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)
Hawaii 1,670 2.89 3.85 $14.58 $30,320
District of Columbia 1,630 2.53 3.37 $16.70 $34,740
New Jersey 8,540 2.26 3.02 $18.66 $38,820
New York 17,130 2.03 2.71 $17.69 $36,800
Rhode Island 720 1.60 2.13 $16.94 $35,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 810 0.30 0.39 $19.54 $40,650
Massachusetts 1,320 0.42 0.56 $18.86 $39,230
Oregon 490 0.31 0.41 $18.81 $39,130
Connecticut 870 0.54 0.72 $18.76 $39,010
New Jersey 8,540 2.26 3.02 $18.66 $38,820





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 8,410 2.20 2.93 $18.61 $38,700
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,510 1.09 1.45 $19.36 $40,270
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,090 3.38 4.50 $19.51 $40,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,900 1.25 1.67 $16.24 $33,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,430 1.34 1.79 $17.58 $36,570
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,190 2.31 3.07 $18.98 $39,470
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,750 4.12 5.49 $16.69 $34,710
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,570 1.63 2.17 $18.07 $37,590
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,540 7.13 9.50 $19.07 $39,670
Pittsburgh, PA 1,500 1.34 1.79 $15.71 $32,680




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,540 7.13 9.50 $19.07 $39,670
Ocean City, NJ 240 6.48 8.63 $18.22 $37,900
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,400 4.57 6.08 $16.60 $34,530
Utica-Rome, NY 510 4.16 5.54 $15.81 $32,890
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,750 4.12 5.49 $16.69 $34,710
Glens Falls, NY 200 3.93 5.24 $13.91 $28,930
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 820 3.38 4.51 $17.46 $36,310
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 4,090 3.38 4.50 $19.51 $40,570
Binghamton, NY 350 3.31 4.40 $14.86 $30,900
Honolulu, HI 1,330 3.13 4.16 $14.57 $30,300




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 540 0.62 0.83 $26.83 $55,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.31 0.41 $21.68 $45,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 1.29 1.72 $21.28 $44,270
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 120 0.15 0.20 $20.84 $43,340
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 350 0.36 0.47 $20.15 $41,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 710 0.43 0.57 $20.08 $41,770
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 110 0.66 0.88 $19.99 $41,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.70 0.93 $19.81 $41,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.84 1.11 $19.77 $41,120
Richmond, VA 100 0.16 0.22 $19.64 $40,850

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 700 3.80 5.06 $15.65 $32,550
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 600 3.16 4.21 $15.97 $33,210
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.14 4.18 $15.25 $31,720
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 340 2.23 2.97 $14.63 $30,430
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 320 1.87 2.50 $12.78 $26,570

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 700 3.80 5.06 $15.65 $32,550
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 600 3.16 4.21 $15.97 $33,210
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.14 4.18 $15.25 $31,720
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 340 2.23 2.97 $14.63 $30,430
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 320 1.87 2.50 $12.78 $26,570

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 100 0.35 0.47 $18.60 $38,680
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.41 $38,300
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.16 1.55 $18.31 $38,090
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.83 $37,080
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 0.93 $17.11 $35,600


About May 2011 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 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.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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