Information About Telephone Operators

Training Requirements for Telephone Operators

Telephone operators need high school diploma or equivalent.

Degrees for Telephone operators
Training for Telephone Operators
Percent
Less than High School 3.4
High School 31.5
Some College 41.3
Associates Degree 8.9
Bachelors Degree 11.9
Masters Degree 2.1
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.0

Employment outlook for Telephone Operators

Represents about 13,000 people in the United States.

Employment prospects are down Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 5,000 less telephone operators but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 3,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, telephone operators make $20.69 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Telephone operators $10.96 $13.55 $17.79 $27.05 $31.84
Office and administrative support occupations $9.95 $12.39 $16.37 $21.90 $28.46
Communications equipment operators $9.70 $11.21 $13.77 $17.31 $22.47
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, telephone operators make $43,030 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Telephone operators $22,790 $28,180 $37,000 $56,270 $66,230
Office and administrative support occupations $20,700 $25,760 $34,050 $45,550 $59,190
Communications equipment operators $20,180 $23,320 $28,640 $36,000 $46,750
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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