Fiber Optic Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Fiber Optic Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.08 per hour. In the world of Fiber Optic Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $74K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $4K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Fiber Optic Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,708 - $82,750
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MEDIAN: $50,408
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$14.57 - $29.99
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$0$82K
Salary $27,708 - $82,750
Bonus $0.00 - $4,837
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,452
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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$30,686 - $73,443
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 91
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $14.57 - $29.99
Hourly Tips $0.31
Overtime $21.41 - $43.29
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,837
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $3,452
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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$30,686 - $73,443
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 408

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Job Description for Fiber Optic Technician

A fiber optic technician generally works in the telecommunications industry. They install fiber optic cables, which are used to carry Internet, telephone, and television connections/services. Technicians perform their job duties inside and outside of homes and buildings, installing new cables and repairing and maintaining existing cables. Fiber optic technicians are responsible for troubleshooting and correcting any problems that may arise. Customer interaction can also play a large role in the technician’s day, and fiber optic technicians must have an acceptable appearance (for example, clean and professional) and be comfortable interacting with customers. Some technicians are also responsible for promoting company services and ensuring customer satisfaction. A technician should possess a strong knowledge of their company and all of the services that are offered.

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Fiber Optic Technician Tasks

  • Install, troubleshoot, and maintain fiber optic systems.
  • May create sensors and perform optical inspections.
  • Measure signal strength to ensure adequate performance.
  • Run fiber optic cables underground or underwater, and perform premises cabling.
  • Conduct regular inspections of fiber optic systems, and locate and repair defects.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fiber Optic Technician

Pay by Experience for a Fiber Optic Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Fiber Optic Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 235 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Fiber Optic Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 139 salaries. An experienced Fiber Optic Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 101 salaries. A Fiber Optic Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,103

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

Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Fiber Optic Technicians in Phoenix receive some of the highest pay in the country. Fiber Optic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Nashville (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Raleigh and 7 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Fiber Optic Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

▲17%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Fiber Optic Technician Salaries

Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
▲39%

splicing
▲26%

System Testing
▲9%


Troubleshooting
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$47,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼2%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 26%
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