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Data Entry Major

Data entry is a major that typically falls into the Computer & Information Sciences category.

There are 54 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in data entry, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 1 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Data Entry Degree?

In 2017, roughly data entry majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of data entry majors is as follows:

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Data Entry Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Data Entry Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to data entry to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Data Entry Majors

A major in data entry should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Data Entry Majors

Skills for Data Entry Majors

When studying data entry, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Data Entry Majors

Abilities for Data Entry Majors

Data entry majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for data entry Majors

What Can You Do With a Data Entry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with data entry:

Careers Related to Data Entry
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Data Entry Keyers



Word Processors and Typists



Data Entry Major Salary

Data entry majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,000 to $41,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Data Entry Major  ( 34000 to 41000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Data Entry Major Jobs

Some careers associated with data entry require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for data entry careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Data Entry
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Data Entry Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in data entry, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Data Entry Major Worth It?

The median salary for a data entry grad is $34,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is -13% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $-103,200 after 20 years!

data entry salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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