How to Make Your Next Cable Installer Hire

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Last updated at 09-18-2020 19:05:57



More than 1,021 companies advertise 7,983 Cable Installer jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Cable Installer most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 2,362 job posts from 494 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 3.6% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 122 Cable Installer job seekers for every active Cable Installer job, which shows that it is an employer's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Delivery Driver, Cable Technician, Warehouse Worker, Cable Installer, Technician, Low Voltage Technician, Installation Technician, Maintenance Technician, Installer, and Laborer seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Cable Installer candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Cable Installer candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 13.5% of the active Cable Installer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 17.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 29.3% have 6-10 years of experience, and 39.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 8.9 years to 9.0 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include communication skills, customer service, cabling, hand tools, computer skills, mechanical knowledge, English, time management, construction, and telecommunication. Demand for mechanical knowledge, English, cabling, computer skills, communication skills, construction, customer service, and time management has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Cable Installer with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.5 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 54.8% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 50.0%.

Example Cable Installer responsibilities

  • Use a variety of hand tools to install, maintain, and repair network cabling
  • Install network devices such as modems and routers
  • Dangerous goods certification
  • Fiber Optic certification
  • Ethernet 10 Frame certification


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Cable Installer positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, California, Florida, New York, and North Carolina are the states that have the highest demand for Cable Installers. Texas, Florida, California, New York, and North Carolina are where most job seekers are searching for Cable Installer jobs. If we look at the Cable Installer to job ratio, New Mexico, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming have the lowest number of Cable Installer applicants per job. Nevada, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Connecticut, and West Virginia have the most active Cable Installer job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 288,534 job seekers interested in Cable Installer opportunities in the United States. That’s a 24.4% increase compared to the previous quarter with 231,924 active job seekers. Around 13.5% of the active Cable Installer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 17.7% have between 3-5 years of experience, 29.3% have 6-10 years of experience, and 39.4% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Cable Installer candidates is 9.0 years. Active candidates in the Cable Installer profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Cable Installer candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 851 Cable Installers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Comcast, TAK Communications, Spectrum, U.S. Army, DISH, Prince Telecom, MasTec Advanced Technologies, ACT (American Cable and Telephone), TriWire Engineering Solutions, and Kablelink.

After analyzing post-interview data from Cable Installer candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 57.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 91.6% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Cable Installer candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, drug test, and phone call/screening. Most employers do not require a problem solving exercises, group interview, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Cable Installer quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 65.2% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 49% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What's your availability?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Are you okay with being away from home for weeks at a time?
  • What can you offer to the company that someone else cannot?
  • What are some of the skills you have that will help with this job and why; describe your experience.

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Cable Installer salary offered by employers increased for 1 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 7% from $47,608.79 to $50,989.7 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest increase in the past 6 quarters. For Cable Installer positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 82.7%, dental insurance by 75.0%, paid time off by 67.3%, vision insurance by 65.4%, a 401k plan by 57.7%, discounts by 25.0%, and stock options/grants by 13.5%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including sabbaticals, mostly remote, somewhat remote, paternity leave, fully remote, maternity leave, location variety, and flexible working hours, to attract and retain Cable Installer candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 52.4% of the employers conducted a background check, and 49.4% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Cable Installer candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Cable Installer, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Cable Installer candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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