Telemarketer Salary

An average Telemarketer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.10 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Telemarketers (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Telemarketers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and approximately one-fourth earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14,838 - $46,978
(Median)
$15K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,914
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$7.95 - $14.70
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,838 - $46,978  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Profit Sharing
$17,750  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,574  
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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$16,794 - $35,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.95 - $14.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.42  
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$17,750  
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).
)
$16,794 - $35,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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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Telemarketers who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. Typical career progression for a Telemarketer involves becoming a Customer Service Representative or an Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $6K more and $8K more on average.

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Survey results show that Telemarketers typically report just a few professional skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Service to be familiar with Sales as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Telemarketer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Telemarketers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $22K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $24K. Telemarketers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Telemarketer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Telemarketer Salaries

Sales
up arrow 8%

National Average
$23,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 31%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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