Telecommunications EngineerSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Telecommunications are the backbone of every major business operation on the planet. All that hardware and software needs to be upgraded, optimized, repaired, and troubleshooted by someone. Companies need experts to install phones, routers, run network cables, and set up servers.

Telecom engineers are a vital component of the telecom industry. They are responsible for the design and implementation of communication systems and analyze and test current systems to ensure they meet current requirements or for future-proofing. Additionally, they resolve client issues and work to resolve any system errors, and help provide remote resolution to issues.

These engineers will typically have excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills. They’ll possess strong calculation and math skills, alongside solid interpersonal skills in environments where they’ll be discussing a variety of topics with a variety of people.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a telecommunications engineer is $86,700 per year in the United States, with a potential for cash bonuses per year. Salary may depend on the level of experience, education, and geographical location. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$86,200$116,650
Los Angeles, California$97,300 $131,600 
Denver, Colorado$81,050$109,700 
Washington, DC$98,750 $133,600
Miami, Florida$80,700$109,200
Orlando, Florida$74,450$100,700
Tampa, Florida$75,200$101,700 
Atlanta, Georgia$78,850 $106,700
Chicago, Illinois$90,650 $122,650 
Boston, Massachusetts$98,000$132,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$78,100 $105,700 
New York City, New York$103,200$139,600
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$84,000 $113,650
Dallas, Texas$81,800$110,700 
Houston, Texas$81,050$109,700
Seattle, Washington$94,350 $127,600 
National Average$73,700 $99,700 

Sample interview questions

  • Have you ever applied new technology to a company? How did it improve?
  • How would you organize, plan, and prioritize your work?
  • Give men an example of a time you solved a problem with outside the box thinking.
  • Would you consider data analytics a strength of yours?
  • When was the last time you went above and beyond? What was the result?
  • Can you describe a time you monitored a problem? What did you do to resolve it?
  • How do you approach large amounts of data that need to be organized?
  • Do you have any programming skills?
  • Would you rather optimize a system or repair it periodically?
  • Would you consider yourself good at walking someone else through a problem to a solution?
  • Can you describe a time you had to deal with a frustrated customer or client? What was the outcome?
  • Can you explain VoIP?
  • Can you describe a time that your observance and attention to detail saved time and trouble?
  • How do you keep up with changes in technology in this field?

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