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Bill and Account Collectors Pay Salary

The median annual wage of bill and account collectors was $31,310 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,320, and the top 10 percent earned more than $47,180. These wage data include money earned from commissions. They earn more when their collection rate is high.

As shown in the table below, the median annual wage for bill and account collectors working in the wholesale trade industry was $34,950, the highest among those industries employing much of the occupation.

Wholesale trade$34,950
Offices of physicians32,580
Credit intermediation and related activities31,860
Business support services27,310

Most bill and account collectors work full time. Some collectors work flexible schedules, often calling people on weekends or during the evenings as they learn the best times to call.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition