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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Communications Equipment Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,760
25th Percentile Wage
$23,980
50th Percentile Wage
$29,160
75th Percentile Wage
$36,510
90th Percentile Wage
$46,500

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 $46,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $29,160. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,760. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of communications equipment operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$29,160
1.78% 11.08%
2016
$28,640
2.20% -
2015
$28,010
3.07% -
2014
$27,150
2.65% -
2013
$26,430
1.89% -
2012
$25,930
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Table 2. Communications Equipment Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of communications equipment operators in 19 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 information sector with an annual salary $39,070. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $24,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$39,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,280
Utilities
$36,770
Mining
$35,360
Educational Services
$31,900
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,140
Finance and Insurance
$31,000
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,670
Manufacturing
$30,590
Transportation and Warehousing
$30,560
Wholesale Trade
$30,310
Accommodation and Food Services
$30,230
Construction
$29,480
Health Care and Social Assistance
$29,440
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$29,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$28,150
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,740
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$27,060
Retail Trade
$24,840

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
$55,610
Telephone Operators
$50,380
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
$23,920



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