Cable Television Installer Salary

A sizeable majority of Cable Television Installers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.87 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Most Cable Television Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Cable Television Installers sometimes become Cable Supervisors, where the average income is $49K per year. The most common next step for a Cable Television Installer is to become a Telecommunications Line Service Technician or a Cable Construction Technician. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Comcast Cable, Inc., Time Warner Cable Company, Charter Communications, Inc., Dish Network Corporation, and DIRECTV, LLC. are top-notch employers for Cable Television Installers in this area. Comcast Cable, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $46K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $29K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $59K.


Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Cable Television Installers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. For Cable Television Installers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. Cable Television Installers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $49K.

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
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

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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