Salary for Telephone Operators

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Telephone operators assist individuals and companies in placing phone calls. There are two types of telephone operators, with the most known switchboard operators. Operators perform numerous duties for individuals who need assistance in placing phone calls. These duties include assisting with collect or person-to-person calls, finding telephone numbers or utilizing directory assistance. More often than not telephone operators use computerized technology to assist in their job. This allows a higher volume of calls to be answered in a more thorough environment. A high school diploma is required to work as a telephone operator. While no college education is needed, an operator must be successful in learning how to operate all of the various equipment used each day, including switchboards and office software for documentation of calls and billing.

A Telephone Operator will normally receive wages ranging from 24000 and 36000 based on seniority. Telephone Operators can get wages of Thirty Three Thousand Four Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Telephone Operators are paid at the highest level in Virginia, where they earn a compensation of approximately $45500. People in this career group receive the best pay in Public Administration, where they can receive average pay of $35500.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 10.46 percent nationwide in that time.


Telephone Operators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Finance and Insurance
Wholesale Trade
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance