Central Office Technician Salary
Central Office Technicians in the United States take home an average $26.17 per hour. More than half of Central Office Technicians (67 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$29,361 - $81,703|
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|$32,429 - $85,604|
|Hourly Rate||$16.75 - $40.98|
|Overtime||$24.72 - $57.96|
|Total Pay (||$32,429 - $85,604|
Job Description for Central Office Technician
Central office technicians are responsible for maintaining a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunication offices, as well as the installation and replacement of this equipment. Some of this routing equipment includes fiber optics, video, voice, or data telecommunication networks. Some technicians may also design the communication systems themselves and supervise the installation.Read More...
During maintenance, central office technicians must analyze all alarms, remove faulty wiring, install new wiring, and test phone lines, and all batteries must be checked and replaced when necessary. Computer skills are important in this position to perform software updates and back-ups, and they also place and test fiber optic cables and keep detailed records of this activity each day in case troubleshooting becomes necessary. Central office technicians are employed primarily by telecommunication companies, and sometimes by larger contracting companies.
An associate's degree in telecommunications is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some employers may prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree. Certification and prior experience with equipment installation may also be required. Aspiring central office technicians should also have knowledge of electrical work and hand/power tools and be able to travel, work on-call, work under pressure, and work at heights or in small spaces.
Pay by Experience Level for Central Office Technician
Pay by Experience for a Central Office Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Central Office Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Central Office Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 9 salaries. An experienced Central Office Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 19 salaries. A Central Office Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 20 salaries.
Key Stats for Central Office Technician
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