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What does a Data Entry Clerk do?

A data entry clerk is required to compile, organize, manage, and update data and information by entering it into spreadsheets and databases. The data entry clerk is often responsible for transferring information from paper records to a computer system.


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Working as a Data Entry Clerk

Depending on their role and experience, a data entry clerk may be responsible for the following duties:

  • Collecting data and entering information into the appropriate computer system
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls and sorting and distributing incoming mail
  • Scan, print and store documents in both electronic format and hard copy
  • Review data for errors
  • Maintain accurate customer and account information for record-keeping
  • Secure information by completing regular database backups
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How much does a Data Entry Clerk make in the United States?

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The average salary for a data entry clerk is $18.02 per hour in the United States. 31.1k salaries reported, updated at September 14, 2022

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Common questions about for a Data Entry Clerk

Do you need computer skills to be a data entry clerk?

As a data entry clerk you should possess basic knowledge of computers and be comfortable using one, alongside other devices such as a scanner, photocopier or fax machine.

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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a data entry clerk?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a data entry clerk, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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How many words should you be able to type per minute for a data entry clerk position?

To be a data entry clerk the minimum requirement to type is typically 45-75 words per minute for alphanumeric data entry.

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