Aircraft Electrician Salary

With roughly one-half of Aircraft Electricians in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Aircraft Electricians is $43K per year and can range from $26K on the lower end to $70K per year near the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. For the most part, Aircraft Electricians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,526 - $69,997
(Median)
$24K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,408
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$17.69 - $30.47
(Median)
$18
$25
$30
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,526 - $69,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
Total Pay (?
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$26,003 - $70,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $30.47  
   
Overtime
$25.79 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,003 - $70,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Aircraft Electrician

An aircraft electrician can be found in two separate jobs, both having to do with the extensive, complex electronics systems on commercial planes, private prop models, and everything in between. Aircraft manufacturers will use aircraft electricians to correctly install and test electrical systems during the building of a plane. These highly specialized aircraft technicians can also be found working for airlines, airports, or other airplane maintenance companies. In this capacity, the aircraft electrician works to inspect, diagnose, and repair these same electrical systems as needed.

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Aircraft Electrician Tasks

  • Inspect, test, repair, and modify electrical wiring, systems and components in aircraft.
  • Install and maintain aircraft electrical systems and components.
  • Study and understand electrical schematics.

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Aircraft Electricians' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Avionics Technician. Median pay for Avionics Technicians is $47K.

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Employees of U.S. Air Force (USAF) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $48K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $25K to $58K.


Survey takers who work as Aircraft Electricians report a focused set of job skills. Avionics and System Repair are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Troubleshooting. Avionics and Electronic Troubleshooting are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Aircraft Electricians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. Aircraft Electricians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

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What is it like working as an Aircraft Electrician at U.S. Air Force (USAF)?

Aircraft Electrician in St. Augustine:
"Looking for better opportunities."
Pros: Being able to progress... Get things done. Self worth being the go to technician to teach and manage all personnel in my career field in my squadron.
Cons: How they promote people is what I dislike. They promote test takers rather than aircraft mechanics that work hard and get the job done.

Aircraft Electrician in Tucson:
"Greatest decision I ever made!"
Pros: I enjoyed meeting new people from all around our great country, as well as maintain aircraft that make the world a safer place.
Cons: There is a lot of micro-managing, and not enough trust in the worker level people. A lot of people get uncomfortable and timid when they are still figuring everything out as far as training goes.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Avionics
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System Repair
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National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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