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Workers casually referred to as "cell phone tower climbers" are properly called radio, cellular and tower equipment installers and repairers. These workers climb towers to install, maintain and repair cellular, radio and other communications equipment. They must endure risky work and exposure to the elements, but they are well paid for the work they do.
Cell Tower Climber Earnings
The average salary for radio, cellular and tower equipment installers and repairers was $48,380 a year as of 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary was $46,260 per year, meaning that half of workers earned more than this and half earned less. The biggest employer of these workers, wireless telecommunications carriers, paid $56,060 a year on average. Among the states, Texas employed the most radio, cellular and tower equipment installers and repairers. The average wage there was $40,940 a year.
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