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Cable Television Installer Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Cable Television Installers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.21 per hour. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, most do receive medical coverage, and a fair portion have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Cable Television Installers is high. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Cable Television Installer Salary (?
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$23,203 - $56,237
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,708
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Cable Television Installer Salary (?
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$9.63 - $21.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,203 - $56,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,062  
Commission
$250.00 - $1,100  
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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$20,657 - $49,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $21.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43 - $0.99  
Overtime
$13.56 - $32.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,062  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $1,100  
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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$20,657 - $49,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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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At the upper end, Cable Television Installers who move into a Cable Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Cable Supervisors is $49K per year. Cable Television Installers typically move into roles as Telecommunications Line Service Technicians or Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, and those positions pay $10K more and $12K more, respectively.

Cable Television Installer Job Listings

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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 typical salaries come to $41K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($28K) and those starting out ($56K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
Charter Communications, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $30K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $19K to $41K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Time Warner Cable Company.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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National Average
$31,000
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For Cable Television Installers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 7 percent greater than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Experienced
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$31,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
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female alumni
 
Male
100%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 21%