Telecommunications Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.89 per hour. Total cash compensation for Telecommunications Technicians runs from $31K to $74K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $3K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Telecommunications Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,448 - $73,330
(Median)
$34K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $52,302
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$13.74 - $31.89
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,448 - $73,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,938  
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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$30,625 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $31.89  
   
Overtime
$19.10 - $48.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,938  
   
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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$30,625 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 555

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Telecommunications Technicians move into roles as Telecommunications Engineers, where pay is an average $73K per year. The most common career progression for Telecommunications Technicians leads to becoming a Telecommunications Specialist, where average pay is $53K annually. However, many Telecommunications Technicians also opt to become Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers. Typically, a Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer brings home $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


Although the highest salaries can be found at Verizon Communications, Inc. where median pay is $83K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $65K and $93K.

Earnings fall especially short at Comcast Cable, Inc., where the median salary of $46K is the lowest in the field, 79 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Nortel, Cisco Networking, and Avaya are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Customer Service and Systems Troubleshooting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people experienced in Telecommunications also know Fiber and VoIP.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Technician

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


For many Telecommunications Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $44K on average. On average, Telecommunications Technicians make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Telecommunications Technicians, New York provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Telecommunications Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Dallas (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 14%

Nortel
up arrow 13%

Cisco Networking
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Troubleshooting
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VoIP
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Telecommunications
0%

Fiber
0%

National Average
$49,000

Systems Troubleshooting
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Customer Service
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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
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%