Line Installers install and repair cables, wires and other equipment you typically see on electrical poles and transmission towers. As a line installer, you will:

  • Install equipment needed on poles.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to reach equipment.
  • Identify defective devices such as fuses, switches, and wires.
  • Be safe and use safety equipment. The poles and towers have very high voltages of electricity.
  • Inspect and test power lines and other equipment using special reading and testing devices.
  • Lay underground cables.

Entry-Level: Apprentice Lineworker

Average salary*: $36,450

Education: High School Diploma

Testing: Pre-employment testing is typically required. Many companies require a passing score on the industry exams before being considered for employment. Topics focus on spatial ability, math concepts, mechanical reasoning and reading comprehension.

Special certificates/licenses: Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Enroll in a three to five year apprenticeship program, depending on individual company policy.

Things you’ll do: Must work as part of team - cannot perform line work alone.

Mid-Level: Journeyman Lineworker

Average salary*: $65,930

Education: Apprenticeship training

Required years of experience: Three to five, depending on length of apprentice program. Journeyman is the title one receives once an apprenticeship is complete. You can move into various specialties such as Underground Cable Splicer or Overhead Line Installer; each has their own apprenticeship programs.

Testing: No additional testing is required, however, one typically is evaluated on the performance of key skills.

Things you’ll do: Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, one is considered an expert at line work and can perform tasks independently.

Senior-Level: Crew Leader/Supervisor

Average salary*: $83,332

Education: While companies may provide some training in supervisory and leadership skills, an Associate’s degree may be beneficial.

Required years of experience: Eight to ten years

Things you’ll do: Crew leaders not only do the work, but they are in charge of supervising others.

Things they need to do include:

  • Determine schedules and work activities of crew members.
  • Review with crew members how well they are doing on the job and provide feedback, as necessary.
  • Check work areas and examine tools and equipment to see if there are any unsafe conditions.
  • Communicate effectively with others including crew members, bosses, and management.
  • Deal with potentially stressful situations.





Annual Salary Range*: $36k-83k

High School to Associate’s Degree

If you like: working outdoors, troubleshooting, helping the community

You’ll also need to:

  • Show a good natured cooperative attitude.
  • Work well with others as part of a team.
  • Listen and understand customer needs and how to meet them.
  • Be able to be on your feet for la long time.
  • Be comfortable with heights and working outdoors.


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* Based on national average from payscale.com. Will vary depending upon geographic location