Updated August 22, 2022

Average Locator Salary

$36,634yearly

$17.61 hourly

Entry level Salary
$22,000 yearly
$22,000
10 %
$36,634
Median
$58,000
90 %

How much does a Locator make?

Locators make $36,634 per year on average, or $17.61 per hour, in the United States. Locators on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $22,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000.

Location impacts how much a locator can expect to make. Locators make the most in California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and North Dakota.

Highest Paying States For Locators

The darker areas on the map show where locators earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Locator average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1Iowa$32,140$15.4529
2Illinois$35,977$17.3045
3Minnesota$33,364$16.0436
4Maryland$36,214$17.4137
5Wisconsin$31,226$15.0150
6Vermont$33,311$16.014
7Virginia$35,955$17.2932
8New Jersey$37,994$18.2715
9North Dakota$37,462$18.011
10California$42,718$20.5411
11Massachusetts$38,361$18.446
12New York$36,631$17.6130
13South Dakota$30,044$14.447
14Pennsylvania$34,251$16.4723
15Maine$33,096$15.913
16Alaska$38,987$18.74
17Connecticut$33,154$15.9413
18Indiana$28,771$13.8376
19New Hampshire$32,326$15.544
20Ohio$28,631$13.7672
21Missouri$30,150$14.5036
22Michigan$29,124$14.0037
23Wyoming$27,506$13.228
24Colorado$30,145$14.4930
25Washington$33,251$15.9914
26Nebraska$27,086$13.0220
27Kansas$27,865$13.4018
28Montana$30,716$14.771
29West Virginia$28,514$13.714
30Texas$28,216$13.5761
31Delaware$27,468$13.216
32Hawaii$33,425$16.07
33Georgia$26,127$12.5666
34North Carolina$26,458$12.7241
35Tennessee$25,917$12.4616
36Rhode Island$27,458$13.201
37Oklahoma$26,610$12.795
38Arizona$27,486$13.214
39South Carolina$26,083$12.5412
40Mississippi$23,790$11.4417
41Kentucky$25,464$12.2411
42Utah$25,120$12.0812
43Oregon$26,292$12.6411
44Idaho$25,279$12.154
45Alabama$23,786$11.4421
46Florida$24,849$11.9553
47Louisiana$22,512$10.8214
48District of Columbia$26,665$12.821
49Nevada$23,190$11.153
50New Mexico$22,627$10.884
51Arkansas$21,871$10.511

Highest Paying Cities For Locators

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1San Diego, CA$42,965$20.66
2Boston, MA$38,242$18.39
3New York, NY$36,735$17.66
4Baltimore, MD$36,461$17.53
5Chicago, IL$36,151$17.38
6Richmond, VA$35,839$17.23
7Philadelphia, PA$34,431$16.55
8Minneapolis, MN$33,422$16.07
9Seattle, WA$33,197$15.96
10Portland, ME$33,195$15.96
11Rochester, NH$32,248$15.50
12Des Moines, IA$31,804$15.29
13Milwaukee, WI$31,164$14.98
14Saint Louis, MO$30,562$14.69
15Denver, CO$30,177$14.51

Locator Salary Details

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Average Locator Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Locator's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
75th Percentile$46,000$3,833$22
Average$36,634$3,053$18
25th Percentile$28,000$2,333$13
10th Percentile$22,000$1,833$11

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Fiber Optic Technician$40,661$3,388$19.55103,364
Fiber Optic Splicer$44,077$3,673$21.1964,017
Fiber Technologist$51,824$4,319$24.92128,496
Aerial Lineman$68,702$5,725$33.032,566
Cable Splicer$46,998$3,917$22.6023,159
Line Technician$39,124$3,260$18.81152,694

Which Companies Pay Locators The Most?

The highest paying companies for locators are Brigham and Women's Hospital and Accenture according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like WEC Energy Group and Deloitte report highly competitive wages for locators.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Brigham and Women's Hospital$100,947$48.532
2Accenture$85,458$41.09
3WEC Energy Group$83,204$40.00
4Deloitte$78,974$37.9757
5General Dynamics Mission Systems$76,791$36.92
6Tucson Electric Power$74,791$35.96
7VIVA USA$74,382$35.76
8Ernst & Young$73,671$35.4223
9Yale New Haven Health$73,168$35.18
10Halff Associates$69,134$33.244
11PSEA$67,701$32.55
12Northern Trust$66,771$32.101
13Northwell Health$64,430$30.98
14GPAC$58,113$27.947
15Xcel Energy$57,297$27.55
16HBK Engineering$56,596$27.212
17Lochner$56,516$27.17
18University of Rochester$56,277$27.061
19Energy Transfer$55,524$26.69
20Pavlov Media$51,550$24.781

Locator Salary Trends

The salary for a locator can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $40,548, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $36,634 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $49,050. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Locator Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Locator Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$36,600$17.61+3.6%
    2021$35,300$16.98-2.7%
    2020$36,300$17.44+5.5%
    2019$34,300$16.47+4.5%
    2018$32,700$15.73-0.6%

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    Locator Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Locators The Most?

    California pays Locators the most in the United States, with an average salary of $42,718 per year, or $20.54 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Locator?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Locator if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $38,987 per year.

    What Type Of Locator Gets Paid The Most?

    Linesman gets paid the most. Linesman made a median salary of $70,929. The best-paid 10 percent make $88,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $57,000.

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