In addition to entering data into a computer, some data entry workers also verify, sort and compile information, depending on the particular assignment. Data entry jobs require superior keyboarding skills, clear near vision and careful attention to detail. Workers usually need only a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to O*Net Online, and entry-level pay is typically modest.
Range of Wages
Data entry keyers at all stages of their careers earned an average of $14.27 an hour or $29,670 a year as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest-paid 10 percent -- where many entry-level jobs are likely to fall -- earned $19,590 per year or less. The hourly rate for workers at this pay level was no more than $9.42. The BLS projects a 3 percent decline in jobs for data entry keyers between 2012 and 2022, as reported by O*Net Online.
Pay by Industry
Pay for data entry workers also depends on the industry. In 2013, the industry with the most data entry jobs was employment services, which paid slightly less than the average for all data entry jobs. The No. 2 industry for employment, data processing services, also paid less than average. However, if you can land a job with an elementary or secondary school or a local government agency --- which both ranked in the top 5 of biggest employers -- you are more likely to earn above-average wages for data entry work.