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Telecommunications Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.73 per hour. Cash earnings for Telecommunications Technicians — including $4K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $73K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$34,234 - $72,455
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MEDIAN: $51,485
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$13.75 - $31.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,234 - $72,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,898  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $2,650  
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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$30,714 - $72,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $31.20  
   
Overtime
$18.99 - $47.72  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,898  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $2,650  
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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$30,714 - $72,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
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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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There are some Telecommunications Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Telecommunications Engineers, where earnings are an average $73K annually. Becoming a Telecommunications Specialist is, more often than not, the most common role that Telecommunications Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $53K. Another frequent advance is for Telecommunications Technicians to assume a Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer role; in this role, workers often earn $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


Although Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $82K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $64K to $94K.

Comcast Cable, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $46K, 77 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Nortel, Cisco Networking, Avaya, and VoIP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. 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.


Telecommunications Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $44K. 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

Nortel
up arrow 14%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 10%

up arrow 5%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

VoIP
up arrow 3%

Telecommunications
0%

National Average
$49,000

Fiber
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%