What does a Data Entry do?

Data entry clerks are responsible for inputting a high volume of data from multiple sources into a database, ensuring that all necessary data is being entered and maintained. In addition, data entry clerks must verify and edit data as needed. Aside from the primary duty of data entry, many data entry clerks also perform other general office tasks like scanning documents and answering phones.

Data entry clerks must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Much of the training for data entry clerks happens on-the-job. Beyond that, they must be computer savvy, have an eye for detail, and possess quick typing skills.

What responsibilities are common for Data Entry jobs?
  • Receive and process invoices for payment and update invoice details accordingly
  • Accurately enter data into corresponding fields within various software programs
  • Identify and correct data entry errors using appropriate quality control methods
  • Perform related tasks like ordering office supplies and filing documents
  • Manage and organize records and files
  • Prepare relevant reports as needed
  • Provide general data entry support across many teams on an ad-hoc basis
What are the typical qualifications for Data Entry jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • 2 years of data entry experience or related office experience
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Strong computer skills
  • Ability to enter data into a computer quickly and accurately
  • Comfortable with office equipment including a computer, telelphone, scanner, calculator, and photocopier
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to think analytically
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Data Entry make?

Confident
$49,954 /yr
Total Pay
$33,058
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$16,896
 /yr

Additional Pay

$49,954

 / yr
$15K$195K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Data Entry Career Path

Learn how to become a Data Entry, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Data Entry Clerk
$56,527/yr
L3
L5
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
36%
2 - 4
26%
5 - 7
2%
8+
36%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Data Entry Insights

Read what Data Entry professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Capitol Honda
Data Entry
Aug 9, 2021

“Good and friendly environment for work.it is near to my home and one of the best place to work”

Alr Manpower Services
Data Encoder/Data Entry
May 25, 2021

“My experience with them was fantastic and I'm hoping to have the opportunity to work with them again.”

HMA (Healthcare Management Administrators)HMA (Healthcare Management Administrators)
Data Entry
Apr 9, 2022

“Was a terrific job where I was trained thoroughly and able to work from home.”

Raising NatureRaising Nature
Data Entry Clerk
Oct 29, 2021

“No stress at work and no much pressure by the superiors if you do your job perfectly.”

Digital Geomatica
Data Entry Operator
Jan 19, 2020

“Flexible working hours and no minimum target completion makes this the best data entry typing job for me.”

FreelancerFreelancer
Data Entry
Jul 5, 2020

“For Earning Money Not For Spending Your Money I Think Freelancer Are Not Good For Freshers Or New Account”

GustoGusto
Data Entry
Jun 2, 2021

“This company is really flexible with your work schedule exactly what I needed with small children”

Senior Living Media
Data Entry
Jul 18, 2020

“I hate having a job where I'm so far above my boss it's ridiculous.”

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Data Entry Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Data Entry

When working as a Data Entry, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Typing, Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Word Processing, and Attention To Detail.

The most similar professions to Data Entry are:
  • Administrator
  • Office Administrator
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Data Entry include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Administrator
$68,686
No skills overlap
Office Administrator
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Administrative Assistant
$62,847
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Office Manager
$61,321

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