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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 $20.83 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Fiber Optic Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,278 - $76,574
(Median)
$27K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,970
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90%

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$14.24 - $30.29
(Median)
$14
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,278 - $76,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$31,164 - $75,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.24 - $30.29  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $43.00  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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).
)
$31,164 - $75,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, System Testing, and Fiber are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $45K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. Fiber Optic Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $57K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 25%

System Testing
up arrow 9%

up arrow 8%

National Average
$49,000

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
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 18%
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