Cable Television Installer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Cable Television Installers earn an average of $13.87 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Cable Television Installers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,060 - $55,332
(Median)
$22K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,600
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$9.80 - $22.03
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,060 - $55,332  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Commission
$500  
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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$20,728 - $51,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $22.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$14.25 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
Commission
$500  
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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$20,728 - $51,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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. Telecommunications Line Service Technicians or Cable Construction Technicians are common next-step roles for Cable Television Installers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Telecommunications Line Service Technicians is $8K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Cable Construction Technicians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Cable Television Installers include Comcast Cable, Inc., Time Warner Cable Company, Charter Communications, Inc., Dish Network Corporation, and DIRECTV, LLC. Cable Television Installers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Comcast Cable, Inc., where the median salary comes to $46K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($29K) and those starting out ($59K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.


Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

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


Cable Television Installers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Cable Television Installers bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $49K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Cable Television Installer Reviews

What is it like working as a Cable Television Installer?

Cable Television Installer in Radcliff:
"Cable."
Pros: The satisfaction of helping people and being one of the few who does the job right the first time.
Cons: The rude people I work with, the lazy people who im constantly going behind mopping up their mess.

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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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