Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.14 per hour. Cash earnings for Fiber Optic Technicians — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $74K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,523 - $83,184
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$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $49,943
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$14.70 - $30.12
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$0$83K
Salary $28,523 - $83,184
Bonus $0.00 - $5,006
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,945
Commission $110.00
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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$30,868 - $73,766
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 83
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $14.70 - $30.12
Hourly Tips $0.15
Overtime $21.78 - $43.85
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,006
Commission $110.00
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,945
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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$30,868 - $73,766
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 385

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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: $47,317

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

For Fiber Optic Technicians, Phoenix provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Fiber Optic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Nashville (+9 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Raleigh (11 percent less) and Charlotte (7 percent less).

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Key Stats for Fiber Optic Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲16%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
▲38%

splicing
▲25%

System Testing
▲9%


Troubleshooting
▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼1%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼3%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 26%
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