Individuals and businesses alike rely heavily on devices such as phones, computers and radios to communicate; therefore, telecommunications technicians are typically on call around the clock to repair any issues that might arise for their clients. These technicians earn a living installing communication equipment and wiring as well as troubleshooting problems when necessary.
Communication technicians in the United States earned an average salary of $52,850 as of May 2010, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Techs in the 10th percentile earned less than $31,170 a year, while those in the 90th percentile earned over $72,940. The median salary of a communication technician was $54,710 annually.
Wired telecommunications carriers employed the most communication technicians as of 2010 and offered a salary average of $54,070 a year, reports the bureau. Techs working for building equipment contractors earned an average of $45,790 a year, and those working in the industry of other telecommunications earned an average of $58,770. In cable and other subscription programming, the average income of a communication technician was $50,770. In electronic and precision equipment repair and maintenance, the average was $40,870.
The bureau reports that the highest concentration of jobs for communication technicians was found in Alaska, which employed 2.45 techs per every 1,000 jobs and offered a salary average of $57,000 as of 2010. Communication technicians in New York earned the highest salary average in comparison with all states at $61,940 a year, while Massachusetts ranked second and Rhode Island ranked third with respective averages of $60,500 and $60,030 a year.
The bureau expects “little to no change” in the employment rate of communication technicians between 2008 and 2018. While advancements in technology will bring about more communication services, the high quality of these services will decrease the need for maintenance. Techs who belong to unions typically receive benefits such as health, dental and life insurance as well as retirement plans and sick leave.
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