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Campaign workers who answer phones, prepare mailings, and post fliers are generally unpaid. As they gain experience some campaign workers can become field organizers, responsible for coordinating events as the candidate travels around his or her district, or exercise their computer skills as data analysts who collect and interpret demographic data about a candidate's potential voters. Employment of paid campaign workers can be uncertain. They are often hired part time or for a limited term, such as the duration of a campaign or a period of time during a campaign. In April 2016, SimplyHired.com reported the average salary for full-time campaign field organizers was $24,000, and Indeed.com reported that full-time political campaign workers earned about $46,000 per year. Specialized campaign managers can make upwards of $2,000 a month for their work, or much more when working on a large campaign. According to SimplyHired.com, as of April 2016, political campaign managers earned an average salary of $48,000 per year. A manager overseeing a budget of millions of dollars is paid well, as are consultants. Political consultants can make well over $100,000 a year, although the average salary for political consultants can vary significantly according to the level of the particular office being sought by the candidate and the geographic locale. in April 2016, SimplyHired.com calculated that the average annual salary earned by political consultants was $68,000. These earnings are paid for by the candidate or by donations from campaign supporters. Campaign workers usually don't receive benefits unless they work full time for an organization.

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