Fiber Optic Technician Salary
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.
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.Read More...
A fiber optic technician position is physical, requiring the technician to climb telephone poles and crawl in small spaces. Good working knowledge of hand and power tools is needed in this position; some companies provide their fiber optic technicians with the tools that will be utilized for the job. Employers look generally look for candidates with at least an associate's degree in telecommunications engineering or electrical engineering, along with specialized certifications. Good analytical and problem-solving skills are necessary, and the fiber optic technician must be a self starter with the capability to work independently. Many technicians spend their day traveling to different locations; a clean driving record is normally required by employers.
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.