Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Cable Television Installers earn an average of $15.40 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cable Television Installers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,650 - $57,443
$24K
$37K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,409
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90%

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$10.72 - $24.31
$11
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$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,650 - $57,443  
   
Bonus
$202.03 - $4,055  
Commission
$200.00  
Total Pay (?
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$23,861 - $56,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $24.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$13.69 - $37.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$202.03 - $4,055  
   
Commission
$200.00  
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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$23,861 - $56,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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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

  • Gather equipment and supplies and coordinate with customers to prepare for installations.
  • Maintain inventory and place orders to replenish stock.
  • Maintain documents for installations, repairs, and other assorted services.
  • Install, program, and calibrate equipment, and troubleshoot any problems.

Common Career Paths for Cable Television Installer


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Cable Television Installers who advance into the role of an Operations Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Operations Supervisors on average earn $49K per year. Career advancement for the typical Cable Television Installer often leads to becoming a Telecommunications Line Service Technician or a Field Service Technician; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cable Television Installer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Cable Television Installers include Comcast Cable, Inc., Dish Network Corporation, Charter Communications, Inc., DIRECTV, LLC., and Time Warner Cable Company. DIRECTV, LLC. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $47K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cable Television Installer

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


Cable Television Installers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $51K.

Cable Television Installer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Cable Television Installer

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Cable Television Installer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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