Telecommunications Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Telecommunications Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.25 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. For the most part, Telecommunications Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$34,777 - $80,707
$35K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $54,423
10%
50%
90%

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$14.55 - $30.93
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.30
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50%
90%

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$0$80K
Salary $34,777 - $80,707
Bonus $250.83 - $5,793
Profit Sharing $1,000
Commission $3,850
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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$31,819 - $74,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 207
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $14.55 - $30.93
Hourly Tips $0.60
Overtime $20.51 - $46.72
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $250.83 - $5,793
Commission $3,850
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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$31,819 - $74,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 4 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 707

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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Telecommunications Technicians who go on to become Telecommunications Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Telecommunications Engineers is $73K annually. The most common promotion for Telecommunications Technicians is Telecommunications Specialist, a position that typically pays $53K annually. Another standard transition for Telecommunications Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Telecommunications Equipment Installer and Repairer role, where pay is often $43K.

Telecommunications Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Telecommunications Technician


AT&T Inc., Comcast Cable, Inc., Verizon Communications, Inc., Verizon Wireless, and CenturyLink are top-notch employers for Telecommunications Technicians in this area. Verizon Communications, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $86K.

Popular Skills for Telecommunications Technician


Telecommunications Technicians seem to exploit 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. It is often found that people who know Telecommunications are also skilled in 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: $49,800

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

For Telecommunications Technicians, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — New York, Washington, and Philadelphia — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Telecommunications Technicians in the country. Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Sacramento and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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 158 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

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
▲6%


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 158 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%