Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.62 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Fiber Optic Technicians is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$28,060 - $75,019

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$14.09 - $29.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,060 - $75,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$5.17 - $4,861  
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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$30,515 - $73,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $29.74  
   
Overtime
$20.79 - $42.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.17 - $4,861  
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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$30,515 - $73,909  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Fiber Optic Technicians who took the survey. Systems Troubleshooting and System Testing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fiber.

Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fiber Optic Technicians make a median salary of $61K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $58K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 19%

System Testing
up arrow 7%

National Average
$49,000

up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 22%
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