Fiber Optic Technician Salary

Male Fiber Optic Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.40 per hour in the United States. Overall incomes of Fiber Optic Technicians generally bottom out at around $30K and peak near $73K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Fiber Optic Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,024 - $75,050
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,786
10%
50%
90%

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$14.08 - $29.36
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,024 - $75,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,241  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
Commission
$4,060  
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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$30,466 - $73,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $29.36  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $43.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,241  
   
Commission
$4,060  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$30,466 - $73,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Telecommunications, Systems Troubleshooting, and System Testing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Equipment Installation and Fiber.

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 $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fiber Optic Technicians make a median salary of $59K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $57K.

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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Telecommunications
up arrow 21%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 17%

System Testing
up arrow 10%

National Average
$48,000

Fiber
up arrow 4%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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