Telecommunications Specialist Salary

With just under three-fifths of Telecommunications Specialists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $83K per year and averages out to $56K annually. 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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Telecommunications Specialists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Telecommunications Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,190 - $82,436

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$13.85 - $36.50

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,190 - $82,436  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,770  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$33,668 - $83,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $36.50  
   
Overtime
$19.71 - $51.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,770  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$33,668 - $83,117  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Telecommunications Specialists may progress into high-paying roles like Telecommunications Manager, where median compensation is $74K annually. Going from Telecommunications Specialist to Senior Telecommunications Specialist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $67K. Many others choose to work as Telecommunications Analysts, where pay is typically $55K.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Specialist


Survey results show that Telecommunications Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, Telecommunications, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Word, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless. Most people skilled in PBX are similarly competent in Wireless.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Telecommunications Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Telecommunications Specialists bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

Cisco Networking
up arrow 3%

Telecommunications
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$56,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

PBX
up arrow 3%

Wireless
up arrow 3%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 7%


Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%
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