How Much Do Cell Tower Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Radio, Cellular and Tower Technicians

Radio, Cellular and Tower Technicians repair, install, or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles. May test and analyze network coverage.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$60790 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$32,450 to $41,980 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $20 per hour

Entry-level Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $32,450 to $41,980 per year or $16 to $20 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $47 $97,780
Senior (Top 25%) $38 $78,870
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $57,720
Junior (Bottom 25%) $20 $41,980
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $32,450

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $39 $80,610
PA $36 $74,900
TN $35 $73,710
NY $35 $72,000
CA $34 $71,270
MN $34 $70,570
NJ $34 $70,240
WI $33 $69,560
OH $33 $69,310
HI $33 $69,100

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Radio, Cellular and Tower Equipment Installer and Repairer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Cell Tower Technicians are in the states of CT, PA, TN, NY and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scientific Research and Development Services $78030 $37.52
Business Support Services $78010 $37.51
Management of Companies and Enterprises $75790 $36.44
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $75190 $36.15
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $71180 $34.22
Local Government $71050 $34.16
Telecommunications $68210 $32.79
Electronics and Appliance Stores $65230 $31.36
Building Equipment Contractors $65090 $31.29
Federal Executive Branch $62370 $29.98
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $61960 $29.79
State Government $59470 $28.59
Radio and Television Broadcasting $59170 $28.45
Urban Transit Systems $57100 $27.45
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $55610 $26.73
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $51400 $24.71
Utility System Construction $49960 $24.02
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $43190 $20.77

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