The composition, transfer and storage of information are integral parts of many modern industries. Typists are word processing specialists who use computers or typewriters to compose documents that their employers can store or distribute. The Bureau of Labor Statistics separates typists and word processors from other fields that often involve typing and document composition, such data entry specialists, medical transcriptionists, secretaries and court reporters.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that typists and word processors earned an average annual income of $35,240 in May 2011. Workers earned $16.94 an hour on average. The median income in the occupation was $34,260, the top 10 percent of workers made more than $48,180 and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $23,210. Half of all workers in the occupation earned between $27,990 and $41,070.
Data Entry Workers:
Data entry workers use devices like keyboards and photo composing perforators to record data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports data entry keyers earned $29,010 on average in May 2011, which translates to a wage of $13.95 an hour. The top 10 percent of income earners in the occupation made more than $41,110 and the bottom 10 percent earned less than $19,280.
Secretaries and administrative assistants perform support tasks for managers, lawyers and other professionals. Many secretaries serve the role of typist for their supervisors. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that the median income of secretaries and administrative assistants was $34,660 in 2010 and that the top 10 percent earned more than $55,960, while the bottom 10 percent earned less than $21,730.
Medical transcriptionists create digital and physical documents from reports made by physicians, which may be handwritten or voice-recorded. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual income of medical transcriptionists was $34,050 in May 2011. The to 10 percent of workers in the field in terms of annual income made more than $46,680 and the bottom 10 percent made less than $22,010.
Court reporters record all of the words spoken during trial proceedings, a job that requires fast and accurate typing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average annual income of court reporters was $53,710 in May 2011. The top 10 percent of workers earned income in excess of $92,400 and the bottom 10 percent of workers made less than $26,100.