Telemarketer Salary

Median pay for Telemarketers in the United States is around $10.10 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Telemarketers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and about a fourth earn dental coverage. Though the majority of Telemarketers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. 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
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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).
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$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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At the upper end, Telemarketers who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $55K per year. 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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Pay by Experience Level for Telemarketer

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


For Telemarketers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $22K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $24K on average. On average, Telemarketers make $28K following one to two decades on the job. Telemarketers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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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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