Men make up the majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $21.24 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Telecommunications Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just over a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,190 - $80,819
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,760
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90%

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$14.42 - $33.90
(Median)
$14
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,190 - $80,819  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $8,294  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$3,650  
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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$31,149 - $77,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.42 - $33.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$19.29 - $52.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$293.61 - $8,294  
   
Commission
$3,650  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$31,149 - $77,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Telecommunications Engineer. The average Telecommunications Engineer brings home $73K per year. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Telecommunications Technicians, AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Ericsson Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the most; Telecommunications Technicians earn $84K on average there.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Nortel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Customer Service and Cisco Networking, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in Telecommunications are similarly competent 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 income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $46K. On average, Telecommunications Technicians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Telecommunications Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,916

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Telecommunications Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Telecommunications Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Miami (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Telecommunications Technician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 48%

System Repair
up arrow 13%

Nortel
up arrow 12%

up arrow 7%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 6%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Fiber
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

VoIP
up arrow 2%

Telecommunications
up arrow 3%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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