|Quick Facts: Bill and Account Collectors|
|2012 Median Pay||
$32,480 per year
$15.61 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||397,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||58,200|
Bill and account collectors, sometimes called collectors, try to recover payment on overdue bills. They negotiate repayment plans with debtors and help them find solutions to make paying their overdue bills easier.
Many bill and account collectors work in a call center for a third-party collection agency rather than the original creditor. Most work full time, and some have flexible schedules.
Collectors usually must have a high school diploma. A few months of on-the-job training is common.
The median annual wage for bill and account collectors was $32,480 in May 2012.
Employment of bill and account collectors is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Prospects should be excellent because the need to replace workers who leave the occupation leads to many job openings.
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