Telecommunications Specialist Salary

Telecommunications Specialists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $32K to $85K per year, median earnings come to $60K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men make up the majority of Telecommunications Specialists (67 percent) survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,194 - $87,635
$36K
$60K
$88K
MEDIAN: $60,112
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$14.34 - $33.44
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$33
MEDIAN: $19.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,194 - $87,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$32,500 - $85,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $33.44  
   
Overtime
$23.34 - $56.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$32,500 - $85,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 111

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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. When Telecommunications Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Telecommunications Specialists or Telecommunications Analysts. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Specialist


Telecommunications Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, PBX, and Telecommunications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft Office. Most people who know Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless. Those educated in PBX tend to be well versed in Wireless.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Telecommunications Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Telecommunications Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 91 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Telecommunications Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Telecommunications Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 85 salaries. A Telecommunications Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 51 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,744

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

With a pay rate for Telecommunications Specialists that is 47 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Telecommunications Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent) and Washington (+34 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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Key Stats for Telecommunications Specialist

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

▲44%

▲16%

National Average
$53,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▲8%

PBX
▲7%



Wireless
▼0%

National Average
$53,000


Microsoft Exchange
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 12%
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