Fiber Optic Technician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
A fiber optic technician position is physical, requiring the technician to climb telephone poles and crawl in small spaces. Good working knowledge of hand and power tools is needed in this position; some companies provide their fiber optic technicians with the tools that will be utilized for the job. Employers look generally look for candidates with at least an associate's degree in telecommunications engineering or electrical engineering, along with specialized certifications. Good analytical and problem-solving skills are necessary, and the fiber optic technician must be a self starter with the capability to work independently. Many technicians spend their day traveling to different locations; a clean driving record is normally required by employers.
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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