Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Telecommunications Technicians earn an average of $21.26 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geographic location. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Telecommunications Technicians. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,473 - $80,741
$36K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,060
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$14.42 - $33.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,473 - $80,741  
   
Bonus
$256.77 - $8,294  
Profit Sharing
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$31,461 - $77,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $33.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.10  
Overtime
$18.89 - $52.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$256.77 - $8,294  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$31,461 - $77,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 642

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Telecommunications Technician


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Telecommunications Technicians may progress into high-paying roles like Telecommunications Engineer, where median compensation is $73K annually. As Telecommunications Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Telecommunications Specialists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $53K per year. Another common career choice for Telecommunications Technicians is to move into a Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer role. Typically, Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers get paid $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


AT&T Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Verizon Wireless, and CenturyLink are all popular places to work. Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $85K on average.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Nortel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 47 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. NEC and Cisco Networking also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Telecommunications tend to be well versed in Fiber and VoIP.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Telecommunications Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Telecommunications Technicians make a median salary of $53K. Telecommunications Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,021

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Telecommunications Technicians, 30 percent higher than the national average. Telecommunications Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Sacramento is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent. Workers in Dallas and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

Telecommunications Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Telecommunications Technician?

Telecommunications Technician in Ocean Springs:
"Data Tech."
Pros: It's a fairly easy job. The work is steady and I enjoy new construction work. The upper management.
Cons: Paying for gas. My hourly wage is too low.

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Key Stats for Telecommunications Technician

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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System Repair
up arrow 13%

Nortel
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Systems Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$50,000



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Cisco Networking
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NEC
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Customer Service
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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