Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
88,200 1.2 % $17.68 $36,770 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.61 $14.37 $17.32 $20.41 $24.01
Annual Wage (2) $24,150 $29,880 $36,020 $42,460 $49,940


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) 23,730 0.43 $18.66 $38,810
State Government (OES Designation) 22,460 1.02 $17.03 $35,420
Elementary and Secondary Schools 10,060 0.12 $16.94 $35,240
Legal Services 4,510 0.40 $20.72 $43,100
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,350 0.22 $18.24 $37,950

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) 22,460 1.02 $17.03 $35,420
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 40 0.44 $19.67 $40,910
Local Government (OES Designation) 23,730 0.43 $18.66 $38,810
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 950 0.41 $17.91 $37,260
Legal Services 4,510 0.40 $20.72 $43,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 250 0.23 $29.56 $61,490
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services (8) (8) $26.56 $55,240
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 60 0.01 $24.23 $50,390
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $21.65 $45,030
Other Information Services 60 0.03 $21.12 $43,930


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 25,310 1.72 2.59 $19.39 $40,340
New York 15,710 1.82 2.73 $18.03 $37,510
New Jersey 7,820 2.05 3.08 $19.32 $40,180
Pennsylvania 6,890 1.23 1.84 $16.35 $34,010
Florida 3,230 0.43 0.65 $13.61 $28,300




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 1,380 2.29 3.44 $15.04 $31,270
New Jersey 7,820 2.05 3.08 $19.32 $40,180
New York 15,710 1.82 2.73 $18.03 $37,510
California 25,310 1.72 2.59 $19.39 $40,340
Pennsylvania 6,890 1.23 1.84 $16.35 $34,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 110 0.28 0.42 $21.66 $45,060
Washington 530 0.19 0.28 $21.24 $44,170
District of Columbia 400 0.61 0.91 $20.20 $42,010
Oregon 450 0.28 0.42 $19.45 $40,460
California 25,310 1.72 2.59 $19.39 $40,340





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 10,960 2.76 4.14 $19.71 $41,000
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,450 1.04 1.56 $19.14 $39,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 3,360 2.72 4.09 $20.26 $42,140
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,930 3.50 5.26 $18.02 $37,490
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,010 2.10 3.16 $20.01 $41,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,820 1.41 2.12 $18.58 $38,640
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.92 1.38 $16.83 $35,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,430 1.19 1.79 $17.97 $37,370
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,400 3.28 4.94 $17.31 $36,000
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,400 6.49 9.75 $19.33 $40,200




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)
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 290 7.71 11.59 $18.37 $38,200
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 1,400 6.49 9.75 $19.33 $40,200
Ocean City, NJ 190 5.14 7.73 $19.45 $40,450
Jefferson City, MO 360 5.02 7.55 $11.40 $23,700
Kingston, NY 250 4.42 6.65 $17.10 $35,570
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 1,280 4.15 6.24 $16.18 $33,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 1,020 3.52 5.30 $17.51 $36,420
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,930 3.50 5.26 $18.02 $37,490
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 850 3.48 5.22 $17.80 $37,020
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 1,400 3.28 4.94 $17.31 $36,000




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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.16 1.75 $25.12 $52,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.26 0.40 $24.22 $50,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.22 0.33 $23.10 $48,040
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 100 0.32 0.47 $22.31 $46,400
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 150 1.80 2.70 $21.63 $45,000
Barnstable Town, MA (8) (8) (8) $21.31 $44,310
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.77 1.16 $20.97 $43,630
Lafayette, IN 30 0.35 0.52 $20.82 $43,310
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 230 0.18 0.28 $20.58 $42,810
Peabody, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $20.33 $42,280

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 670 3.64 5.46 $15.81 $32,890
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 510 2.68 4.04 $16.48 $34,280
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.07 4.61 $15.31 $31,840
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 370 2.22 3.34 $16.49 $34,310
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 310 2.01 3.02 $11.76 $24,450

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 4.24 6.38 $18.92 $39,360
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 670 3.64 5.46 $15.81 $32,890
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 390 3.07 4.61 $15.31 $31,840
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 180 2.95 4.44 $17.60 $36,610
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 90 2.70 4.06 $16.37 $34,050

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 160 4.24 6.38 $18.92 $39,360
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.53 2.31 $18.65 $38,790
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 180 2.95 4.44 $17.60 $36,610
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.77 1.15 $16.96 $35,280
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 0.62 $16.81 $34,970


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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