Telecommunications Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $21.33 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Some workers in this field — just over a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Telecommunications Technicians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,512 - $79,844
$36K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,737
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50%
90%

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$14.59 - $32.49
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.33
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,512 - $79,844  
   
Bonus
$255.84 - $6,153  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,703 - $75,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $32.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$18.97 - $51.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$255.84 - $6,153  
   
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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$31,703 - $75,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 680

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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

  • Establish and remove wiring, hardware, and equipment used in communication systems and networks.
  • Demonstrate proper equipment usage to customers.
  • Maintain and repair networks by testing circuits, isolating malfunctions, and repairing equipment.

Common Career Paths for Telecommunications Technician


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For Telecommunications Technicians, progressing to a Telecommunications Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Telecommunications Engineer can earn $73K annually. With an annual salary of $53K, Telecommunications Specialist is the most common role for Telecommunications Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer role — which usually pays $43K — is also typical for Telecommunications Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Telecommunications Technicians, AT&T Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Verizon Wireless, and CenturyLink are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Verizon Communications, Inc. — the median salary there is $86K.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Nortel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. NEC and Cisco Networking also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Telecommunications also know Fiber and VoIP.

Pay by Experience Level for Telecommunications Technician

Pay by Experience for a Telecommunications Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Telecommunications Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 310 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Telecommunications Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 221 salaries. An experienced Telecommunications Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 318 salaries. A Telecommunications Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 182 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,879

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

New York, Washington, and Philadelphia — America's eastern region — boast salaries above the national rate for Telecommunications Technicians. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Employers also pay below the national average in Sacramento (7 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

Telecommunications Technician Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Telecommunications Technician

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲34%

System Repair
▲13%

Nortel
▲12%

▲7%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▲5%


National Average
$50,000

Troubleshooting
▼1%


▼2%

▼2%

Cisco Networking
▼4%

NEC
▼5%

Customer Service
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 23%
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