Home Entertainment Installers

Home entertainment installers install electronic equipment such as VCR and DVD equipment, televisions and radios, home theater systems, television dishes, stereo components and video cameras. Home theater systems include a large-screen television and complex surround-sound audio components.

Some sample job titles are home theater installer, electronic technician, television repairman, and satellite installer.

Home entertainment repairers often fix electronic entertainment equipment that doesn't work properly due to defective parts, poor connections or faulty circuits. Home entertainment technicians use a variety of tools and equipment. Some home entertainment installers specialize in a particular type of equipment. Some installers also install home security systems and intercom equipment.

Repair work of home entertainment equipment has become more difficult due to the miniaturization of audio and video recording devices. The components and acceptable tolerances are smaller.


  • Install, service and repair electronic equipment
  • Tune or adjust equipment in order to obtain optimum auditory or visual reception
  • Teach customers how to use the equipment properly and safely
  • Utilize test instruments to find the problem
  • Talk to customers to determine the nature of the problems
  • Explain repairs to customers
  • Use diagrams to determine which circuits require repairing and how to make the correct electrical connections
  • Keep records of work orders and test and maintenance reports
  • Make service calls to customers' homes

Job Characteristics

Bench technicians work in repair shops and field technicians travel to homes and other settings to fix equipment. Sometimes field technicians may have to take defective parts to a shop for diagnoses and repair. The more difficult repair jobs are often performed in a shop. Since field technicians spend time dealing with customers they should have good communication and problem solving skills.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 3 percent growth from 2006 to 2016 for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers which is slower than average for all occupations.

Employment growth for home entertainment repairers will occur due to customers purchasing high priced sophisticated digital equipment. If the prices stay high, equipment owners will likely pay to have their equipment repaired. There should also be a demand for installation of complex home entertainment systems.

Technological developments have lowered prices of electronic home entertainment equipment, thus equipment owners often buy new equipment instead of repairing equipment.

Those with experience may become specialists or troubleshooters and assist other technicians diagnose or repair equipment that have difficult problems. Some experienced repairers may move up to a supervisor position.

In 2008 the median annual salary for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers was $32,080.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Employers typically prefer candidates that have a solid foundation in electronics as well as repair experience. The necessary skills are often acquired by candidates from community colleges and vocational training programs. Candidates may want to look for training schools that provide theoretical education and hands-on-training.

Certification for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers is offered by various organizations. Repairers can specialize in a variety of areas.


Major Employers

The top employers are home entertainment equipment manufacturers, home entertainment retail stores, electronic and precision equipment repair shops and wired telecommunications carriers.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 1,570 $44,660
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 1,040 $39,430
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 760 $40,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 740 $37,370
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell 610 $40,040
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 500 $47,430
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 450 $36,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 430 $42,330
Tucson 390 $43,040
San Juan-Carolina-Caguas 330 $20,640

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Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Most Popular Industries for
Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

Industry Total Employment Percent Annual Median Salary
Maintenance And Repair 6,180 28% $31,940
Construction Trades 5,570 26% $33,630
Telecommunications 4,610 21% $32,130
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,040 4% $35,170
Office Services And Staffing 1,040 4% $31,710
Rental And Lease 850 3% $31,970
Media And Broadcasting 370 1% $34,660
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 340 1% $33,060
Book And Hobby Stores 300 1% $30,090
Professional And Technical Services 220 1% $35,290
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