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Telecommunications Specialist Salary

Telecommunications Specialists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $56K annually on average but can range from $34K to $83K per year. Cash earnings for Telecommunications Specialists — which occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $83K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Telecommunications Specialists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,201 - $82,550
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,131
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$13.90 - $36.12
(Median)
$14
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,201 - $82,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,672  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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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$34,026 - $83,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.90 - $36.12  
   
Overtime
$18.79 - $51.52  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,672  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,933  
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).
)
$34,026 - $83,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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Job Description for Telecommunications Specialist

Telecommunications specialists are responsible for troubleshooting, implementing, and providing telecommunications support on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of ensuring the correct functioning of telecommunication devices, as well as providing regular maintenance of said devices. They interact with company staff, communicating technical issues in non-technical language, and serve as administrators for telecommunication channels to minimize downtime. In addition, telecommunications specialists provide customer support for technical requests, process data to locate possible issues, and process voice mail and calling card requests. It is essential that these specialists follow strict privacy regulations when reviewing telecommunication logs and accounts.

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Telecommunications Specialist Tasks

  • Configure and optimize telephone systems and services, voicemail and PBX communication systems and other related systems.
  • Detect, comprehend and initiate fixes for network problems.
  • Design, maintain and assess current or future telecommunications systems and equipment.

Common Career Paths for Telecommunications Specialist


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For Telecommunications Specialists, progressing to a Telecommunications Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Telecommunications Manager can earn $74K annually. The most common career progression for Telecommunications Specialists leads to becoming a Senior Telecommunications Specialist, where average pay is $67K annually. However, many Telecommunications Specialists also opt to become Telecommunications Analysts. Typically, a Telecommunications Analyst brings home $55K.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Specialist


Telecommunications Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Telecommunications, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Exchange, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless. Those proficient in PBX are, more often than not, also skilled in Wireless.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Specialist

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


For Telecommunications Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Telecommunications Specialists make a median salary of $60K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $65K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

Cisco Networking
up arrow 4%

Telecommunications
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$56,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

PBX
up arrow 4%



Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 10%
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