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.
|Salary||$35,512 - $79,844|
|Bonus||$255.84 - $6,153|
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|$31,703 - $75,788|
|Hourly Rate||$14.59 - $32.49|
|Overtime||$18.97 - $51.29|
|Bonus||$255.84 - $6,153|
|Total Pay (||$31,703 - $75,788|
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.Read More...
This job field requires strong communication skills to convey information regarding available products, prices, and parts to clients who may not be familiar with telecommunications infrastructure. They must be able to multi-task and deal with problems in a timely manner. Additionally, they must communicate with other departments regarding orders, appointments, equipment delivery, and scheduled repairs.
Individuals in this job must also prioritize problems as they arise, understand what equipment is needed to perform an installation or repair jobs, and be able to order equipment. They must have basic computer skills in order to complete work orders and fill out required paperwork upon completion of a job.
Telecommunications technicians may work in an office environment responding to requests, or they may be field technicians that travel from location to location to provide services. Experienced technicians often serve as supervisors or trainers to entry-level technicians. Telecommunications technicians generally report to a supervisor in the same field.
Telecommunications technicians are required to hold at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Entry-level positions usually offer on-the-job training and an hourly wage, while experienced technicians often work for a salary with benefits. Positions involving travel require a driver's license and a clean driving record.
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
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.
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
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).
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