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Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.60 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Fiber Optic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,877 - $77,999
(Median)
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64K
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MEDIAN: $49,598
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$14.38 - $29.30
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,877 - $77,999  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,168  
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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$31,656 - $73,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $41.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,168  
   
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).
)
$31,656 - $73,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Fiber and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $49K on average. On average, Fiber Optic Technicians make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $55K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Fiber
up arrow 28%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 25%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%