Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.18 per hour. Total incomes of Fiber Optic Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $2K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $74K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little over a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Fiber Optic Technicians. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,669 - $81,403
$29K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,675
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50%
90%

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$14.48 - $29.49
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$20
$29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$28,669 - $81,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,013  
Commission
$120.00  
Total Pay (?
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$30,425 - $73,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $29.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.19 - $42.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$120.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,013  
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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$30,425 - $73,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 333

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

Pay by Experience for a Fiber Optic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Fiber Optic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 235 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fiber Optic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Fiber Optic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 101 salaries. A Fiber Optic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,476

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Fiber Optic Technicians, 19 percent higher than the national average. Fiber Optic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Nashville (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Raleigh and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲23%

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
▲40%

splicing
▲28%

System Testing
▲11%


Troubleshooting
▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$46,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼1%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 27%