Salary, Wages, Pay: Line Installers and Repairers


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Earnings for line installers and repairers are higher than those in most other occupations that do not require postsecondary education. Median hourly earnings for electrical powerline installers and repairers were $23.33 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $18.02 and $27.43. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.22, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $32.08. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of electrical powerline installers and repairers in 2002 are shown below.

Electric power generation, transmission and distribution $24.72
Wired telecommunications carriers 23.80
Local government 22.07
Utility system construction 17.22
Building equipment contractors 16.27

Median hourly earnings for telecommunications line installers and repairers were $19.06 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $13.36 and $24.70. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.31, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $27.70. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of telephone and cable television line installers and repairers in 2002 are shown below.

Wired telecommunications carriers $24.20
Cable and other subscription programming 18.48
Cable and other program distribution 15.01
Building equipment contractors 15.00
Utility system construction 13.58

Most line installers and repairers belong to unions, principally the Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the Utility Workers Union of America. For these workers, union contracts set wage rates, wage increases, and the time needed to advance from one job level to the next.








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