Average Typing Speed Per Minute of All Levels – Identify Yours Here!

by Norb Winslow

Is 45 words per minute consider fast? What is the minimum or average typing speed required to get a secretarial job? I realized that lots of people ask similar questions to identify their typing speed per minute compare to the others. In order to make it easier for everyone to get a rough idea of how fast do they type, I have created this table which consists of 3 categories: kids, adults, and jobs. Please take note that all of the information provided is based on my experiences, reliable references from the internet, as well as some assumptions. Anyway, I have tried my best to provide the most precise information about the average typing speed per minute of all levels I can.

Average Typing Speed Per Minute of All Levels

Category Range (WPM) Mean (WPM) Character Per Minute (CPM) Keystrokes Per Hour (KPH)
Kids Very Slow <11 -
<55 <3300
Slow 11 – 20 15 75 4500
Average 21 – 30 25 125 7500
Fast 31 – 40 35 175 10500
Very Fast >40 -
>200 >12000
Adults Very Slow <26 -
<130 <7800
Slow/Beginner 26 – 35 30 150 9000
Intermediate/Average 36 – 45 40 200 12000
Fast/Advanced 46 – 65 55 275 16500
Very Fast 66 – 80 73 365 21900
Insane >80 -
>400 >24000
Fastest in The World -
216* -
-
Jobs Entry Level Clerk/Secretary 35 – 60 -
-
-
Higher/Advanced Level Clerk/Secretary 60 – 80 -
-
-
Data Entry 60 – 80 -
-
8000 – 10000
Dispatch Position/Time Sensitive 80 – 95 -
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Note:
1. In case if you don’t know how average typing speed is measured, here are some brief descriptions of WPM,  CPM and KPH:

  • Word Per Minute (WPM) is measured by calculating how many words (5 characters/keystrokes = 1 word) you can type in 1 minute.
  • Character Per Minute (CPM) calculates how many characters are typed per minute. Compare to WPM, CPM is more accurate and takes shorter time to measure. (CPM = WPM x 5)
  • Keystrokes Per Hour (KPH) is basically the same as CPM, but it is measured in hour. KPH is normally used to measure speed for data entry jobs as well as numeric entry. KPH provides a more accurate overview on how fast a person can type in long period, as it is not easy to maintain certain WPM/CPM in long hours. (KPH = CPM x 60 / WPM x 300)

2. CPM and KPH are not provided in jobs category as employers usually won’t ask for your CPM or KPH, except for data entry positions and some typing oriented jobs.

* The top typing speed was achieved by Stella Pajunas  in 1946, whereas Mrs. Barbara Blackburn has averaged 150 wpm in 50 minutes and her top speed was 212 wpm. (Reference: History of Typewriters & WikiAnswers)

References and Useful Links:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Words_per_minute
  2. http://speedtest.aoeu.nl/
  3. http://www.readi.info/documents/TypingSpeed.pdf

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