Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.62 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 the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Fiber Optic Technicians is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,933 - $75,113
(Median)
$28K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,253
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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 - $75,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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 - $73,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $29.92  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $42.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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 - $73,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Fiber Optic Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Systems Troubleshooting and System Testing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fiber.

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. For Fiber Optic Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $58K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 19%

System Testing
up arrow 11%

National Average
$49,000

Fiber
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 20%
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