Tower technicians are often viewed as the next generation of technicians, but there’s no denying that they’re taking the job seriously.
The average salary of a Tower technician in the US is about $185,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS says that Tower technicians have been responsible for the installation of over 1 million new phones and over 600,000 tablets over the last three years.
“We’re all used to it, but the reality is that there are a lot of people out there that aren’t as well educated as we are,” said Paul Tompkins, a Tower mechanic from San Jose, California.
Tompkins said he didn’t expect his career to be impacted as much as it has, but he was still impressed by the amount of work that he was able to get paid.
“It’s just so much more than what we’re used to, and I think we’re in for a real treat with the new phone,” Tompkin said.
“We’re going to be working overtime.”
There’s also a good reason why Tower technicians aren’t considered professionals in the eyes of the Federal Communications Commission.
They’re classified as “telecommunications workers”, meaning they receive no compensation for their work.
The FCC also requires that technicians in the tower industry earn at least $130,000 per year.
The FCC says that the average salary for a Tower Technician is around $170,000.
Tower technicians make up just 5.4 percent of the tower workforce in the United States, according a 2012 report by the Federal Communication Commission.
The report found that the majority of Tower technicians earn less than $15,000 a year.TOM PELHAM/Associated PressTompkin and his co-workers are happy to make the sacrifices to make a phone go live.
“I want to make sure that I’m helping to put the phone out there and making sure that people have it,” Toms said.
“For me, it’s just about the money, but at the same time I want to be able to pay my bills.”