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Telemarketer Salary

Telemarketers in the United States can expect wages of $10.00 per hour on average. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Telemarketers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of Telemarketers (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in three, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$14,368 - $41,419
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$41K
MEDIAN: $30,000
10%
50%
90%

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$7.92 - $14.47
(Median)
$7
$10
$14
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$14,368 - $41,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,762  
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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$16,574 - $36,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.92 - $14.47  
   
Overtime
$0.27 - $19.07  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,762  
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).
)
$16,574 - $36,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 256

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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 advance into the role of a Telemarketing Manager are fairly uncommon. Telemarketing Managers on average earn $42K per year. It is quite typical for Telemarketers to transition into roles as Customer Service Representatives or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $6K and $9K higher per year.

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Survey takers who work as Telemarketers report a focused set of job skills. Sales and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Telemarketer

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $24K. Telemarketers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $26K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $23K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Telemarketer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$22,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Telemarketer Salaries

Sales
up arrow 9%

National Average
$22,000

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 24%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 65%