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Telecommunications Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.03 per hour. Final cash compensation to Telecommunications Technicians varies from around $31K to approximately $74K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $3K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Telecommunications Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,563 - $73,499
(Median)
$35K
$52K
$73K
MEDIAN: $52,241
10%
50%
90%

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$13.88 - $32.15
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,563 - $73,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,952  
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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$30,752 - $74,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $32.15  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $48.86  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,952  
   
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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$30,752 - $74,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 562

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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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While Telecommunications Technicians do not often become Telecommunications Engineers, the job pays $73K per year on average. 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


Telecommunications Technicians in search of the best pay head to Verizon Communications, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $83K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $93K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $65K.

With a median employee salary of $46K, Comcast Cable, Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (79 percent less than the top paying company).

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 8 percent and 14 percent. Customer Service and Systems Troubleshooting as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Telecommunications are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Telecommunications Technicians in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $39K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Telecommunications Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Telecommunications Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+39 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Baltimore and 14 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Telecommunications Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Telecommunications Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 14%

Nortel
up arrow 13%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 8%

up arrow 5%

VoIP
up arrow 2%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Telecommunications
0%

Fiber
0%

National Average
$50,000

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 28%

Customer Service
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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