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Communications Equipment Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of communications equipment operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of communications equipment operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of communications equipment operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The communications equipment operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Communications Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for communications equipment operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) communications equipment operators is $46,750. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,640. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,180. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 131% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of communications equipment operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Communications Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of communications equipment operators in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for communications equipment operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $41,560. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $24,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Accommodation and Food Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Retail Trade

Table 3. Salaries of Communications Equipment Operator Related Occupations

The average annual salary of communications equipment operator related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other
Telephone Operators
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service


Highest paying industries for communications equipment operators.