Cable Television Installer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Cable Television Installers earn an average of $13.44 per hour. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Cable Television Installers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,526 - $59,624
(Median)
$21K
$39K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,566
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$9.68 - $22.11
(Median)
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,526 - $59,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
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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$20,440 - $52,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $22.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.10 - $0.64  
Overtime
$13.55 - $35.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$20,440 - $52,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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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While Cable Television Installers do not often become Cable Supervisors, the job pays $49K per year on average. It is quite typical for Cable Television Installers to transition into roles as Telecommunications Line Service Technicians or Cable Construction Technicians, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Employees of Comcast Cable, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $46K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $28K to $60K.

Although Charter Communications, Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $30K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $19K or as much as $41K.


Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

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


For many Cable Television Installers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cable Television Installers make a median salary of $45K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 67%

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 18%
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