$100,000+ earners spend 87% of their workweek typing

A small but measurable trend is evident: Type more, earn more. Or maybe it’s the other way around. How fast do you type by the way?

Like it or not, we spend our working lives in our own typing pool, without a Gal Friday to help us out. And with more reasons to type than ever – email, instant messaging – people are getting up to speed faster than previous generations.

Typing.com surveyed and tested the typing speed of 980 workers who jobs revolved around the keyboard.


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Who types the most?

Those in telecommunications and tech fields, in a tie. They spend 82.2% of their workweek typing. They’re followed by:

    • Finance and insurance, spending 78.6% of their workweek
    • Information services and data processing, which spends 72.7% of their workweek typing
    • The scientific field, spending 70.6% of their workweek typing

While legal eagles spend 61.6% of their workweek typing, they typed faster than anyone in any field – 60.6 words per minute. You know what they say in the law: document everything.

Typing is no longer a job for the low-paid, like the all-female secretarial typing pools of yore. According to this chart of the percentage of the workweek spent typing by annual income, employees earning $100,000 or more spent the most time – over 87% – of their workweek pecking at the keyboard. A small but measurable trend is evident: type more, earn more. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

You probably type faster than your parents

Each generation types faster and learns younger. Baby Boomers typically learned to type at age 17, while Gen X learned typing at age 14, and Millennials at age 11.

While Baby Boomers typed  the least, over 8,200 words every day, Gen Xers typed 10,209 – an extra 24.3% more. percent more. Millennials typed 11,100% increase over Gen X.

While your average female Baby Boomer types 43.5 words per minute, your average female Millennial types 55 words per minute.

Typing and stress

Typing speed is also linked to stress. Have you ever rage-typed? Chances are you have. Employees who felt “extremely relaxed” typed at 51.1 words per minute, and those feeling “slightly relaxed” typed at 54.3 words per minute. However, those who felt “extremely stressed” typed at 55.4 words per minute.

Typing speed is related to mood in other areas of your work-life. Workers who took no lunch break, for example, typed a speedy 58.9 words per minute. Those who took a 21-30 minute break, however, typed a slower 52.6 words per minute.

When you’re off the clock, make sure to take care of your wrists and arms after all that typing – here are some exercises to undo the damage of repetitive motion. And – if you dare – check out what typos mean about your mental health.


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.