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Cable Television Installer Salary

Men account for the majority of Cable Television Installers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.08 per hour. While the company and geographic location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Cable Television Installers is high. While some workers in this profession — around one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a strong majority have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$21,141 - $56,774
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MEDIAN: $36,454
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$9.56 - $21.64
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$21,141 - $56,774  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,067  
Commission
$300.00 - $1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,494 - $50,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $21.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $0.64  
Overtime
$13.29 - $33.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,067  
   
Commission
$300.00 - $1,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$20,494 - $50,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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Job Description for Cable Television Installer

A cable television installer sets up telecommunication wires in homes, offices, and other settings in which cable television is requested. In order to gain access to cable television (and, in some cases, Internet and telephone service) individuals first need to have the proper equipment set up; this requires installation by a knowledgeable, qualified individual. The cable television installer runs a fiber optic cable from the main cable source to the installation site. After the wires are secured in place, the installer then hooks the wires into a cable monitor box that allows for access to the channels for which the subscriber paid. Depending on how many boxes subscribers want installed, installers may need to run additional wires into other rooms and repeat the installation process.

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Cable Television Installer Tasks

  • Maintain documents for installations, repairs, and other assorted services.
  • Install, program, and calibrate equipment, and troubleshoot any problems.
  • Gather equipment and supplies and coordinate with customers to prepare for installations.
  • Maintain inventory and place orders to replenish stock.

Common Career Paths for Cable Television Installer


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Cable Television Installers do not often transition into Cable Supervisor roles. The role averages $49K per year. It is quite typical for Cable Television Installers to transition into roles as Telecommunications Line Service Technicians or Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, where reported median earnings are $10K and $12K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Cable Television Installers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Comcast Cable, Inc., where the median salary comes to $43K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($28K) and those starting out ($57K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Charter Communications, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $30K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $19K and $41K.


Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $38K. Cable Television Installers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 62%

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 20%