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For line installers and cable splicers, earnings vary according to different regions of the country, and as with most occupations, work experience and length of service determine advances in pay scale. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the following mean earnings for telecommunications line installers and repairers by employer in May 2015: wired telecommunications carriers, $61,230; cable and other subscription programming, $51,530; and utility system construction, $44,530. Salaries ranged from less than $28,360 to $81,090 or more. Electric power line installers earned median annual salaries of $66,450. The top 10 percent earned more than $95,990, while the lowest 10 percent earned $36,000 or less per year. When emergencies arise and overtime is necessary during unscheduled hours, workers are guaranteed a minimum rate of pay that is higher than their regular rate.

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