Telecommunications Specialist Salary

Telecommunications Specialists in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Telecommunications Specialists. Salaries average out to around $58K annually and spread from $34K to $84K per year. In the world of Telecommunications Specialists, overall income ranges from $34K near the bottom to $84K at the top; this can include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $39K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male Telecommunications Specialists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Telecommunications Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,798 - $83,756
(Median)
$36K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $57,811
10%
50%
90%

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$14.13 - $36.31
(Median)
$14
$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,798 - $83,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,877  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $39,149  
Commission
$1,977  
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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$33,857 - $83,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate 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$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $36.31  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $54.84  
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 - $8,877  
   
Commission
$1,977  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $39,149  
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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$33,857 - $83,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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As Telecommunications Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Telecommunications Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Telecommunications Managers earn $74K on average per year. More often than not, a Senior Telecommunications Specialist role is the next step for Telecommunications Specialists moving up in the field. Senior Telecommunications Specialists usually make $67K per year. Many other Telecommunications Specialists choose to take on a Telecommunications Analyst role, where salaries are typically $55K.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Specialist


Survey results suggest that Telecommunications Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Telecommunications, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Exchange, PBX, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless. Those familiar with PBX also tend to know Wireless.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Specialist

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


For Telecommunications Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. On average, Telecommunications Specialists make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $68K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries


Telecommunications
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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National Average
$57,000

Wireless
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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PBX
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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