Telecommunications Network Engineer Salary (United States)

Telecommunications Network Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $70,826 per year, but may range from $46,583 to $103,757 per year. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $49,232 on the lower end to $99,419 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $11,457 from bonuses and upwards of $10,000 from profit sharing. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Telecommunications Network Engineer Salary (?
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$49,232 - $99,419
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MEDIAN: $71,022
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Telecommunications Network Engineer Salary (?
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$15.70 - $42.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,232 - $99,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,457  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$46,583 - $103,757  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 618
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.70 - $42.59  
   
Overtime
$18.72 - $62.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,457  
   
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $10,000  
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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$46,583 - $103,757  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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Job Description for Telecommunications Network Engineer

Telecommunications network engineers are in charge of ensuring their company's networking and telecommunications services/devices function as expected. They provide support to end users, as well as complete routine maintenance on company devices such as routers, switches, and complex telephone systems. They also perform root cause analysis on complex communication issues and research methods to increase connectivity efficiency. Additionally, telecommunications network engineers analyze networks and databases to ensure data security and minimize risks of data loss or intrusion.
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Telecommunications Network Engineer Tasks
  • Provide high level support and disaster recovery expertise.
  • Plan, design, troubleshoot, and oversee construction and maintenance of telecommunications networks and equipment used for telephones, voicemail, PBX, video or data communication.

Common Career Paths for Telecommunications Network Engineer

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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Telecommunications Network Engineers. Typically, those who move into a Telecommunications Manager role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

Telecommunications Network Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Network Engineer

Telecommunications Network Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Network Architecture / Design, Avaya, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 11 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Switching and Routing. For most people, competency in Cisco Networking indicates knowledge of Telecommunications, IP Network, and Switching and Routing.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Network Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Telecommunications Network Engineers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $60K, increasing to $70K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $80K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Telecommunications Network Engineers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $88K annually. Telecommunications Network Engineers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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$71,000
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For Telecommunications Network Engineers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Telecommunications Network Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent) and New York (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Network Engineer Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Telecommunications Network Engineer Salaries

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$71,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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