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Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.33 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Fiber Optic Technicians is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,630 - $77,141
(Median)
$27K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,003
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50%
90%

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$14.41 - $30.62
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,630 - $77,141  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $4,958  
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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$31,570 - $75,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $30.62  
   
Overtime
$21.03 - $43.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$403.37 - $4,958  
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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$31,570 - $75,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Fiber are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $46K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $49K. On average, Fiber Optic Technicians make $60K following one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Fiber Optic Technicians with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $57K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 23%

Fiber
up arrow 15%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%