Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

49-9052 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
107,090 2.3 % $27.09 $56,340 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.97 $17.96 $26.47 $35.79 $41.11
Annual Wage (2) $29,060 $37,350 $55,060 $74,440 $85,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Telecommunications 56,400 7.22 $30.64 $63,740
Building Equipment Contractors 18,930 0.92 $21.37 $44,440
Utility System Construction 18,200 3.58 $22.50 $46,810
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,720 0.09 $24.15 $50,230
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,510 2.83 $26.81 $55,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Telecommunications 56,400 7.22 $30.64 $63,740
Utility System Construction 18,200 3.58 $22.50 $46,810
Cable and Other Subscription Programming 1,510 2.83 $26.81 $55,770
Building Equipment Contractors 18,930 0.92 $21.37 $44,440
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 1,720 0.09 $24.15 $50,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $37.34 $77,670
Office Administrative Services 30 0.01 $31.50 $65,520
Telecommunications 56,400 7.22 $30.64 $63,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises 590 0.03 $28.23 $58,710
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $28.18 $58,610


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,710 0.70 0.93 $29.60 $61,570
Texas 11,680 0.98 1.31 $24.00 $49,930
New York 9,150 0.99 1.32 $35.67 $74,190
Florida 6,880 0.82 1.09 $18.69 $38,870
Pennsylvania 6,000 1.04 1.38 $29.25 $60,840




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 5,830 1.54 2.05 $28.90 $60,110
West Virginia 970 1.41 1.88 $30.47 $63,390
Maryland 3,680 1.38 1.84 $30.18 $62,780
Alaska 440 1.38 1.83 $34.83 $72,450
Arkansas 1,530 1.27 1.70 $26.90 $55,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 3,550 1.01 1.34 $38.29 $79,650
New York 9,150 0.99 1.32 $35.67 $74,190
New Jersey 3,240 0.81 1.08 $35.50 $73,830
Alaska 440 1.38 1.83 $34.83 $72,450
Vermont 240 0.79 1.06 $33.03 $68,700



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,510 0.97 1.29 $37.98 $78,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,630 1.44 1.92 $31.50 $65,520
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,130 1.26 1.67 $22.23 $46,240
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,650 0.91 1.20 $25.11 $52,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.46 0.61 $31.06 $64,610
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,770 0.96 1.28 $40.14 $83,480
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 1.05 1.40 $27.99 $58,230
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.46 0.61 $28.75 $59,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.84 2.45 $28.67 $59,630
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,650 1.21 1.61 $30.99 $64,470


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 330 4.73 6.29 $17.07 $35,500
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 220 2.15 2.87 $31.73 $66,010
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 720 2.07 2.75 $25.74 $53,530
Portsmouth, NH-ME 180 1.95 2.60 $35.42 $73,670
Midland, TX 170 1.93 2.57 $24.06 $50,040
Port St. Lucie, FL 270 1.92 2.56 $17.83 $37,090
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 860 1.92 2.56 $29.19 $60,710
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 260 1.91 2.54 $26.20 $54,500
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,670 1.84 2.45 $28.67 $59,630
Jefferson City, MO 130 1.82 2.43 $23.88 $49,660


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton, NJ 110 0.47 0.63 $43.02 $89,480
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.20 1.59 $41.34 $85,990
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 110 1.43 1.90 $40.30 $83,820
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,770 0.96 1.28 $40.14 $83,480
Springfield, MA-CT 260 0.80 1.06 $38.59 $80,260
Danbury, CT 90 1.20 1.60 $38.55 $80,180
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 230 1.45 1.94 $38.27 $79,590
New Haven, CT 50 0.17 0.23 $38.03 $79,110
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,510 0.97 1.29 $37.98 $78,990
Elgin, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $37.80 $78,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 3.06 $25.57 $53,190
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.90 2.53 $25.84 $53,740
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 240 1.13 1.51 $19.17 $39,880
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.85 2.46 $23.62 $49,130
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 220 0.91 1.21 $21.32 $44,350

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 3.36 4.47 $21.11 $43,910
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 2.84 3.78 $27.09 $56,350
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 3.06 $25.57 $53,190
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 250 1.90 2.53 $25.84 $53,740
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 230 1.85 2.46 $23.62 $49,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.64 $40.74 $84,730
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.89 1.19 $38.00 $79,040
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.05 $74,980
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 1.27 1.69 $36.00 $74,890
West Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 0.88 $34.20 $71,140


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018