Average Salary and Qualifications
The Indeed job site reported average salaries of $57,000 a year for fiber splicers as of 2014. Most of these technicians have high school diplomas or an equivalent certificate. They also train on the job as apprentices, which may take up to five years. Some earn one-year certificates or associate degrees in telecommunications before commencing apprenticeship programs.
West Pay Varies More
Indeed reports that salary differences for fiber splicers were greatest in the West, where yearly pay ranged from $35,000 a year in Hawaii to $61,000 in California. Among other regions of the country, fiber splicers averaged $69,000 a year in New York as of 2014, $51,000 in Maine, $51,000 in Louisiana, $65,000 in Illinois and $42,000 in Nebraska.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes fiber splicers in the broader job category of line installers and repairers. Jobs in this field are expected to increase 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the BLS. This is much lower than the11 percent projected growth rate for all occupations.