Telecommunications Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.50 per hour. In the world of Telecommunications Technicians, overall income ranges from $31K near the bottom to $77K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $2K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of Telecommunications Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,762 - $76,225
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$76K
MEDIAN: $52,811
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$14.28 - $33.71
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$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,762 - $76,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,036  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $2,251  
Commission
$550  
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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$30,957 - $76,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $33.71  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $50.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,036  
   
Commission
$550  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $2,251  
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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$30,957 - $76,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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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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At the upper end, Telecommunications Technicians who move into a Telecommunications Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Telecommunications Engineers is a much higher $73K per year. 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


AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Ericsson Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Telecommunications Technicians. Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $84K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $65K and maxing out at just $97K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Comcast Cable, Inc., where the median salary is a mere $48K, 75 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Survey takers working as Telecommunications Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Nortel, Cisco Networking, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Customer Service and Systems Troubleshooting as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those who know Troubleshooting 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Telecommunications Technicians make a median salary of $54K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,192

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

For Telecommunications Technicians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Telecommunications Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Washington (+25 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Telecommunications Technicians in Orlando earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami and Baltimore (16 percent lower).

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

Nortel
up arrow 12%

System Repair
up arrow 12%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 10%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 9%

Avaya
up arrow 3%

Fiber
0%

National Average
$50,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

VoIP
up arrow 1%

Telecommunications
up arrow 2%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 12%

Customer Service
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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