Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Fiber Optic Technicians earn an average of $20.69 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,933 - $77,325
(Median)
$28K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,251
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$14.05 - $29.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,933 - $77,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$5.17 - $4,861  
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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$30,261 - $75,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$20.94 - $42.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.17 - $4,861  
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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$30,261 - $75,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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Job Description for Fiber Optic Technician

A fiber optic technician generally works in the telecommunications industry. They install fiber optic cables, which are used to carry Internet, telephone, and television connections/services. Technicians perform their job duties inside and outside of homes and buildings, installing new cables and repairing and maintaining existing cables. Fiber optic technicians are responsible for troubleshooting and correcting any problems that may arise. Customer interaction can also play a large role in the technician’s day, and fiber optic technicians must have an acceptable appearance (for example, clean and professional) and be comfortable interacting with customers. Some technicians are also responsible for promoting company services and ensuring customer satisfaction. A technician should possess a strong knowledge of their company and all of the services that are offered.

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Fiber Optic Technician Tasks

  • Run fiber optic cables underground or underwater, and perform premises cabling.
  • Conduct regular inspections of fiber optic systems, and locate and repair defects.
  • Measure signal strength to ensure adequate performance.
  • Install, troubleshoot, and maintain fiber optic systems.
  • May create sensors and perform optical inspections.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Fiber Optic Technicians who took the survey. Systems Troubleshooting and System Testing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. Fiber Optic Technicians bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $58K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 18%

System Testing
up arrow 10%

National Average
$49,000

Fiber
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 20%
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