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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Telephone Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,580
25th Percentile Wage
$27,520
50th Percentile Wage
$36,320
75th Percentile Wage
$49,170
90th Percentile Wage
$59,150

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 $59,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,580. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of telephone operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$36,320
-1.87% 9.55%
2016
$37,000
3.03% -
2015
$35,880
2.06% -
2014
$35,140
7.26% -
2013
$32,590
-0.80% -
2012
$32,850
- -

Table 2. Telephone Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of telephone operators in 14 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 arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $22,250).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$53,640
Information
$52,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,710
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,830
Accommodation and Food Services
$35,210
Educational Services
$34,800
Retail Trade
$34,430
Finance and Insurance
$34,390
Health Care and Social Assistance
$32,790
Manufacturing
$30,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,880
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$27,930
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$22,250

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 $20,520 to $48,780. The highest paying state for telephone operators is New York with a median annual salary of $48,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,520. 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
$48,780
Virginia
$47,480
Hawaii
$46,030
North Carolina
$45,490
District of Columbia
$43,770
New Jersey
$41,170
California
$38,980
Georgia
$38,860
Wyoming
$37,710
Minnesota
$37,100
Ohio
$36,800
Pennsylvania
$36,720
Indiana
$36,460
Massachusetts
$34,730
Maryland
$34,650
New Hampshire
$34,220
Wisconsin
$32,860
Arizona
$32,830
Rhode Island
$32,660
Texas
$32,380
Delaware
$32,350
Louisiana
$31,560
Nevada
$31,270
Tennessee
$30,730
Connecticut
$30,520
Oklahoma
$30,270
New Mexico
$30,250
Illinois
$30,020
Missouri
$29,320
Iowa
$29,190
Michigan
$28,770
Utah
$28,130
Guam
$27,450
South Carolina
$27,310
Washington
$26,540
Mississippi
$26,140
Florida
$25,730
Kansas
$24,200
Alabama
$24,180
Virgin Islands
$23,580
Idaho
$23,490
West Virginia
$23,280
Puerto Rico
$20,520



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