The salary statistics of switchboard operators, including answering service are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of switchboard operators, including answering service within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The switchboard operators, including answering service annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$20,610|
|25th Percentile Wage||$23,740|
|50th Percentile Wage||$28,700|
|75th Percentile Wage||$35,390|
|90th Percentile Wage||$43,500|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for switchboard operators, including answering service. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) switchboard operators, including answering service is $43,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,610. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 111% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of switchboard operators, including answering service from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of switchboard operators, including answering service in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for switchboard operators, including answering service occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $36,560. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $24,780).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
From the above tables we note that not only switchboard operators, including answering service salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of switchboard operators, including answering service in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,680 to $42,140. The highest paying state for switchboard operators, including answering service is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $42,140. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,680. For more salary information of switchboard operators, including answering service profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |