Aircraft Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aircraft Electricians earn an average of $40K per year. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aircraft Electricians. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,436 - $63,871
$23K
$40K
$64K
MEDIAN: $39,630
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50%
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$18.20 - $32.46
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.93
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$0$69K
Salary $23,436 - $63,871
Bonus $3,000
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$25,128 - $69,604
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 69
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $18.20 - $32.46
Overtime $30.41 - $46.36
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $3,000
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,128 - $69,604
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 58

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Aircraft Electrician


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Aircraft Electricians who transition into an upper level Avionics Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Avionics Technician makes $47K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Electrician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Aircraft Electricians, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and U.S. Army are leading firms in the industry. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $59K.

The lowest pay by far can be found at U.S. Navy — this employer offers a median salary of $26K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

Pay by Experience for an Aircraft Electrician has a positive trend. An entry-level Aircraft Electrician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 41 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aircraft Electrician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Aircraft Electrician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 35 salaries. An Aircraft Electrician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 22 salaries.

Aircraft Electrician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Aircraft Electrician?

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 San Diego:
"Listen Carefully."
Theres alot of systems to learn so dont focus on one but broaden your view and learn a little about each and expand.

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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Key Stats for Aircraft Electrician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

Experienced
▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
▼37%

Skills That Affect Aircraft Electrician Salaries

System Repair
▲18%

National Average
$49,000


Avionics
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
43%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 7%
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