Telecommunications Technician Salary

Telecommunications Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.15 per hour. Total cash compensation to Telecommunications Technicians bottoms out near $31K and approaches $75K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $4K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Telecommunications Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,921 - $74,057
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,425
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$14.01 - $32.66
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,921 - $74,057  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,966  
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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$30,812 - $74,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.01 - $32.66  
   
Overtime
$19.44 - $50.19  
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 - $3,966  
   
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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$30,812 - $74,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 588
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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


AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Ericsson Inc., and Verizon Wireless are top-notch employers for Telecommunications Technicians in this area. Although the highest salaries can be found at Verizon Communications, Inc. where median pay is $82K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $64K and $93K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Comcast Cable, Inc. — the median salary comes to just $46K, 77 percent less than the top paying company.

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 13 percent. Customer Service and Systems Troubleshooting, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. People who know Troubleshooting usually also know Fiber and VoIP. Most people experienced in Telecommunications also know VoIP and Fiber.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Technician

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


Telecommunications Technicians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $45K. Telecommunications Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. 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 20 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

Nortel
up arrow 13%

System Repair
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
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Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 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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