The median hourly wage in Washington state in 2013 for cable technicians was $14.45. Experienced technicians make as much as $29.19/hour. Most cable companies provide benefits as well as tuition for continuing education.
Employers include cable companies like Comcast and independent contractors. Technicians most commonly work 4 10-hour days/week. Work can include evenings, nights, weekends, on call, or possibly irregular schedules at companies with 24-hour repair service or where service must take place after business hours. This is steady work with lots of room for advancement. Work takes place both indoors and outdoors, sometimes climbing ladders or poles.
The cable industry looks for "people-persons" who are lifelong learners in high-tech video and data delivery technology and who like tinkering with electronics, troubleshooting and problem-solving. Those with good customer service potential, men and women, are sought.
Demand is high locally, with an increase in jobs anticipated at 17 percent between 2012 and 2022. New cable services are expanding to include video-on-demand, high speed Internet, telephony services and various packages of HDTV. The outloook nationally is for only 3 percent growth.