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Working as a Tracer

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a tracer. For example, did you know that they make an average of $20.76 an hour? That's $43,173 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -6% and produce -13,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Tracer Do

There are certain skills that many tracers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, speaking skills and mechanical skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a tracer, we found that a lot of resumes listed 23.4% of tracers included customer service, while 20.3% of resumes included internet, and 18.8% of resumes included patient accounts. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the tracer job title. But what industry to start with? Most tracers actually find jobs in the non profits and manufacturing industries.

How To Become a Tracer

If you're interested in becoming a tracer, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 34.7% of tracers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 13.7% of tracers have master's degrees. Even though most tracers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a tracer. When we researched the most common majors for a tracer, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on tracer resumes include master's degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a tracer. In fact, many tracer jobs require experience in a role such as customer service representative. Meanwhile, many tracers also have previous career experience in roles such as teacher or sales manager.

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Average Salary$43,173
Job Growth Rate-6%

Tracer Jobs

Average Salary for a Tracer

Tracers in America make an average salary of $43,173 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $54,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $34,000 per year.
Average Salary
$43,173

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Fairbanks, AK
Salary Range58k - 85k$71k$70,918
Des Plaines, IL
Salary Range34k - 54k$43k$43,429
Brownsville, TX
Salary Range32k - 53k$42k$41,942
Morgantown, WV
Salary Range32k - 53k$42k$41,783
Milwaukee, WI
Salary Range33k - 52k$41k$41,466
Sioux City, IA
Salary Range33k - 50k$41k$41,291
$28k
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Contact Tracer
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Randstad
Randstad
11/25/2020
11/25/2020
$37,56611/25/2020
$37,566
Contact Tracer
Contact Tracer
Kelly Services
Kelly Services
11/13/2020
11/13/2020
$37,56611/13/2020
$37,566
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#Tp106761 Contact Tracer
University of California-San Diego
University of California-San Diego
11/13/2020
11/13/2020
$42,78411/13/2020
$42,784
Contact Tracer
Contact Tracer
Randstad
Randstad
11/11/2020
11/11/2020
$37,56611/11/2020
$37,566
Contract Tracer
Contract Tracer
Randstad
Randstad
11/05/2020
11/05/2020
$45,91411/05/2020
$45,914
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Tracer Demographics

Gender

female

57.6 %

male

38.6 %

unknown

3.8 %

Ethnicity

White

62.2 %

Hispanic or Latino

19.6 %

Black or African American

9.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7 %

Navajo

16.7 %

Japanese

16.7 %
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Tracer Education

Degrees

Bachelors

34.7 %

High School Diploma

18.9 %

Masters

13.7 %

Top Colleges for Tracers

1. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

2. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

5. SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Canton, NY

In-State Tuition
$8,389
Enrollment
3,127

6. University of Alaska Anchorage

Anchorage, AK

In-State Tuition
$8,580
Enrollment
10,482

7. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

8. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

9. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

10. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Tracer

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Top Skills For a Tracer

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 23.4% of tracers listed customer service on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and speaking skills are important as well.

  • Customer Service, 23.2%
  • Patient Accounts, 21.5%
  • Lesson Plans, 18.3%
  • Outbound Calls, 14.8%
  • Internet, 13.5%
  • Other Skills, 8.7%
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Best States For a Tracer

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a tracer. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Connecticut. Tracers make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $63,606. Whereas in Hawaii and South Dakota, they would average $52,727 and $47,201, respectively. While tracers would only make an average of $45,630 in Connecticut, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. South Dakota

Total Tracer Jobs:
1
Highest 10% Earn:
$68,000
Location Quotient:
7.37
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Alaska

Total Tracer Jobs:
0
Highest 10% Earn:
$91,000
Location Quotient:
0
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Minnesota

Total Tracer Jobs:
3
Highest 10% Earn:
$65,000
Location Quotient:
2.33
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Tracer Employers

We've made finding a great employer to work for easy by doing the hard work for you. We looked into employers that employ tracers and discovered their number of tracer opportunities and average salary. Through our research, we concluded that Randstad USA was the best, especially with an average salary of $33,677. Aerotek follows up with an average salary of $33,409, and then comes RTI International Metals with an average of $44,985. In addition, we know most people would rather work from home. So instead of having to change careers, we identified the best employers for remote work as a tracer. The employers include Teksystems, Public Consulting Group, and Nelnet

1. Randstad USA
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$33,677
Tracers Hired: 
23+
2. Aerotek
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$33,409
Tracers Hired: 
5+
3. RTI International Metals
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$44,985
Tracers Hired: 
5+
4. Nelnet
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$47,365
Tracers Hired: 
3+
5. Baltimore City Hall
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$35,499
Tracers Hired: 
3+
6. Robert Half International
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$45,832
Tracers Hired: 
2+

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