How Much Do Telephone Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Telephone Operators

Telephone Operators provide information by accessing alphabetical, geographical, or other directories. Assist customers with special billing requests, such as charges to a third party and credits or refunds for incorrectly dialed numbers or bad connections. May handle emergency calls and assist children or people with physical disabilities to make telephone calls.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$39340 per year
Hourly wage
$19 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,000 to $29,430 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Telephone Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,000 to $29,430 per year or $12 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Telephone Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $28 $58,410
Senior (Top 25%) $23 $48,700
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $37,710
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,430
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,000

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $22 $46,540
DC $22 $45,770
MA $22 $44,750
CA $21 $44,690
PA $20 $42,270
CT $20 $42,040
RI $20 $40,630
HI $19 $39,960
MI $19 $38,800
IN $19 $38,520

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Telephone Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Telephone Operators are in the states of NY, DC, MA, CA and PA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $54460 $26.19
Telecommunications $48560 $23.35
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $45170 $21.72
Local Government $44520 $21.40
Specialty Hospitals $42760 $20.56
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $40650 $19.54
State Government $40000 $19.23
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $38380 $18.45
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $38040 $18.29
Outpatient Care Centers $36840 $17.71
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $36840 $17.71
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $35990 $17.30
Traveler Accommodation $34180 $16.43
Automobile Dealers $33460 $16.09
Employment Services $32450 $15.60
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $32330 $15.55
Offices of Physicians $31390 $15.09

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