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Telephone Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of telephone operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of telephone operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The telephone operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Telephone Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,790
25th Percentile Wage
$28,180
50th Percentile Wage
$37,000
75th Percentile Wage
$56,270
90th Percentile Wage
$66,230

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for telephone operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) telephone operators is $66,230. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,000. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,790. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 190% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of telephone operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201637,0003.03%11.22%
201535,8802.06%-
201435,1407.26%-
201332,590-0.80%-
201232,850--

Table 2. Telephone Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of telephone operators in 9 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 telephone operators occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $53,640. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $21,750).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$53,640
Information
$51,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,750
Educational Services
$34,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,940
Finance and Insurance
$31,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$30,200
Retail Trade
$21,750

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Telephone Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only telephone operators 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 telephone operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,810 to $46,760. The highest paying state for telephone operators is New York with a median annual salary of $46,760. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,810. For more salary information of telephone operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
$46,760
North Carolina
$45,490
Hawaii
$44,540
New Jersey
$43,830
Massachusetts
$43,790
Georgia
$42,760
California
$40,870
Virginia
$40,750
Pennsylvania
$40,560
Indiana
$39,130
Maryland
$36,870
New Hampshire
$34,220
Delaware
$32,350
Illinois
$31,920
Ohio
$31,210
Nevada
$31,130
Connecticut
$30,950
Texas
$30,390
New Mexico
$30,250
Tennessee
$29,790
Michigan
$29,170
Missouri
$28,830
Utah
$28,130
Louisiana
$27,610
South Carolina
$27,310
Oklahoma
$26,610
Washington
$26,540
Florida
$26,130
Arizona
$26,080
Mississippi
$25,980
Alabama
$24,180
West Virginia
$23,280
Puerto Rico
$18,810


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