Telecommunications Technician Salary

Male Telecommunications Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.11 per hour in the United States. In the world of Telecommunications Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $74K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Telecommunications Technicians is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,764 - $73,588
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,126
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90%

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$13.97 - $32.65
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,764 - $73,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,907  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $2,936  
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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$30,729 - $74,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $32.65  
   
Overtime
$19.36 - $49.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,907  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $2,936  
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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$30,729 - $74,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 579
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Job Description for Telecommunications Technician

A telecommunications technician is responsible for the installation, maintenance, repair, and general supervision of telecommunications lines, including telephones, voice mail systems, fax lines, security, Internet, and wireless systems.

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Telecommunications Technician Tasks

  • Maintain and repair networks by testing circuits, isolating malfunctions, and repairing equipment.
  • Demonstrate proper equipment usage to customers.
  • Establish and remove wiring, hardware, and equipment used in communication systems and networks.

Common Career Paths for Telecommunications Technician


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Telecommunications Technicians do not often transition into Telecommunications Engineer roles. The role averages $73K per year. Going from Telecommunications Technician to Telecommunications Specialist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $53K. Many others choose to work as Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairers, where pay is typically $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians in search of the best pay head to Verizon Communications, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $82K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $93K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $64K.

77 percent less than the top paying company, Comcast Cable, Inc. offers a median salary of just $46K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Nortel, Cisco Networking, and Avaya are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Customer Service and Systems Troubleshooting as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People who know Troubleshooting usually also know Fiber and VoIP. Those familiar with Telecommunications also tend to know VoIP and Fiber.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Telecommunications Technicians. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $39K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $44K. Telecommunications Technicians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Telecommunications Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Telecommunications Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Washington (+26 percent), and New York (+26 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Telecommunications Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Austin and 16 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 14%

Nortel
up arrow 13%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 11%

up arrow 5%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

VoIP
up arrow 1%

Fiber
0%

National Average
$50,000

Telecommunications
up arrow 1%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 20%
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