Telemarketer Salary (United States)

Telemarketers in the United States typically take home $9.95 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.84 per hour to $14.69. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; about a third receive both medical and dental insurance and 17 percent get vision plans. Most Telemarketers (63 percent) are women. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Telemarketer Salary (?
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$14,497 - $41,645
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,846
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Telemarketer Salary (?
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$7.84 - $14.69
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,497 - $41,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,947  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,469 - $37,402  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.84 - $14.69  
   
Overtime
$7.80 - $21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,947  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,469 - $37,402  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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Job Description for Telemarketer

A telemarketer's responsibilities vary slightly by field, but they are generally responsible for calling potential customers over the telephone using automatic dialing systems and/or other phone systems. They are responsible for persuading potential customers to buy services or products by following a prepared sales pitch with product information and price quotes. Once a sale has been made, the telemarketer is responsible for recording names, addresses, and other pertinent information. Telemarketers are also responsible for following up on previous calls, as the first call may not lead to sales. In all tasks, they are required to follow all organizational guidelines and policies.
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Telemarketer Tasks
  • Explain products or services and prices, and answer questions from customers.
  • Obtain customer information such as name, address, and payment method, and enter orders into computer.
  • Deliver prepared sales talks, reading from scripts that describe products or services, in order to persuade potential customers to purchase a product or service or to make a donation.

Common Career Paths for Telemarketer

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There are some Telemarketers—though it's uncommon—that transition into Telemarketing Managers, where earnings can rise by $21K annually. A typical promotion for Telemarketers is becoming Customer Service Representatives or Administrative Assistants, where they can expect an extra $6,642 or $8,828 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Telemarketer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
New salaries start at $22K and reach $24K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $27K. After working for two decades in the field, Telemarketers experience a drop in salary, averaging $22K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

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Experience Affects Telemarketer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%
Mid-Career
up arrow 10%
Late-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$22,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Telemarketer Salaries

Sales
up arrow 21%
National Average
$22,000
Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 66%
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