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Telecommunications Specialist Salary

Telecommunications Specialists in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $34K to $83K per year, median earnings come to $57K per year. Overall cash earnings for Telecommunications Specialists stretch from $34K on the lower end to $83K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Telecommunications Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,373 - $83,118
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,119
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$14.11 - $35.14
(Median)
$14
$24
$35
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
$36,373 - $83,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,835  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
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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$33,947 - $83,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $35.14  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $51.35  
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 - $7,835  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
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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$33,947 - $83,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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 who transition into an upper level Telecommunications Manager role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $74K per year. 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 $54K.

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Popular Skills for Telecommunications Specialist


Survey results suggest that Telecommunications Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Cisco Networking, 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 Wireless. The majority of those who know Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless. For most people, competency in PBX indicates knowledge of Wireless and Microsoft Office.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. Telecommunications Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Telecommunications Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $64K.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

Telecommunications
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Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

PBX
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 9%