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Cable Television Installer Salary

Men make up the majority of Cable Television Installers in the United States, bringing in about $13.27 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,955 - $60,224
(Median)
$20K
$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,576
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$9.68 - $21.53
(Median)
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,955 - $60,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,417  
Commission
$250.00 - $850  
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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$20,418 - $51,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $21.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $1.31  
Overtime
$13.35 - $34.34  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,417  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $850  
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).
)
$20,418 - $51,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 303

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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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It's not very common for Cable Television Installers to move on to become Cable Supervisors. Average pay for a Cable Supervisor is $49K annually. Cable Television Installers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Telecommunications Line Service Technicians or Cable Construction Technicians. The median paychecks in those roles are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Comcast Cable, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $44K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $25K to a high of $56K.


Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Cable Television Installers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $45K.

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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 18%
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