A sizeable majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.27 per hour. Total cash compensation for Fiber Optic Technicians runs from $30K to $74K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Fiber Optic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,907 - $80,245
$28K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,902
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50%
90%

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$14.43 - $29.33
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$27,907 - $80,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,203  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,027  
Commission
$120.00  
Total Pay (?
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$30,231 - $74,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $29.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.56 - $42.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,203  
   
Commission
$120.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$30,231 - $74,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 331

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


Fiber Optic Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fiber Optic Technicians make a median salary of $54K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

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Key Stats for Fiber Optic Technician

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 17%


National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

splicing
up arrow 36%

System Testing
up arrow 11%


Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Fiber
0%

National Average
$47,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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