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Line Installers and Repairers

Line Installers and Repairers
Quick Facts : Line Installers and Repairers*
2010 Median Pay$54,290
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012269,100
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change36,200


Line installers and repairers install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics. They usually use bucket trucks to raise themselves to the top of the structure, although all line workers must be adept at climbing poles and towers when necessary.

What Line Installers and Repairers Do

  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment
  • String power lines between poles, towers, and buildings
  • Climb poles and transmission towers and use truck-mounted buckets to get to equipment
  • Lay underground cable, including fiber optic lines, directly in trenches
  • Operate power equipment when installing and repairing poles, towers, and lines

Work Environment

Line workers encounter serious hazards on the job, including working with high-voltage electricity often at great heights. The work can also be physically demanding. Most work full time during regular business hours, but some line installers may work irregular hours on evenings and weekends.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of line installers and repairers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2010 to 2020 as they will be needed to provide new telephone, cable, and Internet services for new construction.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of electrical power-line installers and repairers was $58,030.
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Line Installers and Repairers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Line Installers and Repairers

54290

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Line Installers and Repairers*
Percent Change in Employment

Line Installers and Repairers

13.4522

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Line Installers and Repairers

Most companies require line installers and repairers to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs work with local companies to offer 1-year certificates that emphasize hands-on field work. Employers look for people with basic knowledge of algebra and trigonometry and good reading skills.
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