Men make up the majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.47 per hour. Cash earnings for Fiber Optic Technicians — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $75K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,500 - $79,996
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MEDIAN: $49,566
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$14.41 - $29.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$26,500 - $79,996  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,085  
Commission
$120.00  
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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$30,395 - $74,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $29.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.69 - $43.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,500  
   
Commission
$120.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$30,395 - $74,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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

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


For Fiber Optic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Fiber Optic Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $58K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

splicing
up arrow 34%

System Testing
up arrow 9%


National Average
$47,000

Fiber
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 5%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 13%

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
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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