Telecommunications Tower Technician

The Telecommunications Tower Technician installs, maintains, and repairs towers and related systems such as antennas, microwave dishes and lightening systems, performs routine inspections and tests, maintenance and repairs on towers and related systems following safety procedures and industry standards and best practices.

Tower technicians can follow multiple career occupational pathways in fiber, cable, or wireless sectors in which they can focus on construction, operation and maintenance or support positions.

2022 Average Annual Salary *

Telecom Tower Technician I

$60,190 per year or $28.94 per hour

* Occupational Outlook Handbook


Telecommunications technicians typically need at least a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. Employers may prefer to hire candidates who have a certificate or an associate degree. Most telecommunications tower technicians enter the industry through a telecom company and receive on-the-job training. Some are also trained through an industry.

Work Environment *

Most telecommunications technicians work full time. They may have to work night or weekend shifts to maintain or repair telecommunications networks. Technicians travel frequently to installation and repair sites.


Job Outlook *

The projected need for telecommunications technicians is expected to grow over the next decade.

Employment Opportunities*

The projected need for telecommunications technicians is expected to grow over the next decade. Overall employment of telecommunications technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 31,500 openings for telecommunications technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Occupational Outlook Handbook *