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Telecommunications Specialist Salary

With just below 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 $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. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Telecommunications Specialists (68 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,157 - $82,620
(Median)
$35K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,578
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50%
90%

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$13.98 - $35.74
(Median)
$14
$25
$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
$35,157 - $82,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,787  
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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$34,086 - $83,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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
$13.98 - $35.74  
   
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 - $7,787  
   
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).
)
$34,086 - $83,081  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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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At the upper end, Telecommunications Specialists who move into a Telecommunications Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Telecommunications Managers is a much higher $74K 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


Telecommunications Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Cisco Networking, Windows Operating System General Use, Telecommunications, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Exchange, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in PBX indicates knowledge of Wireless. The majority of those who know Telecommunications also know Microsoft Office and Wireless.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Specialist

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


For many Telecommunications Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $65K.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Specialist Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Specialist Salaries

Cisco Networking
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Telecommunications
0%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

PBX
up arrow 4%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 10%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 12%

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
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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