Telecommunications Network Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about one-half of Telecommunications Network Engineers. Salaries average out to around $78K per year and spread from $47K to $114K per year. Overall incomes of Telecommunications Network Engineers generally bottom out at around $47K and peak near $114K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Telecommunications Network Engineers. Telecommunications Network Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,368 - $110,103
(Median)
$49K
$78K
$110K
MEDIAN: $78,183
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50%
90%

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$15.17 - $40.00
(Median)
$15
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,368 - $110,103  
   
Bonus
$973 - $10,360  
Profit Sharing
$465.40 - $9,967  
Total Pay (?
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$46,567 - $114,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $40.00  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $56.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$973 - $10,360  
   
Profit Sharing
$465.40 - $9,967  
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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$46,567 - $114,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.

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Telecommunications Network Engineers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Senior Network Engineers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Senior Network Engineer earn a slightly higher median of $90K annually. Telecommunications Network Engineers most often move into Telecommunications Engineer or Telecommunications Manager roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Network Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Cisco UCCE/IPCC, Project Management, Network Architecture / Design, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Network Support, Switching and Routing, and Avaya. Those familiar with Cisco Networking also tend to know VoIP and IP Network.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Network Engineer

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


Telecommunications Network Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Telecommunications Network Engineers make a median salary of $82K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $88K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,613

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Telecommunications Network Engineers, 37 percent higher than the national average. Telecommunications Network Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+11 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (8 percent less) and Miami (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Network Engineer Salaries



National Average
$77,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Network Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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