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Aircraft Electrician Salary

The majority of Aircraft Electricians in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $25K to $71K per year, and the median is $43K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,906 - $71,165
(Median)
$22K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,684
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90%

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$16.81 - $29.99
(Median)
$17
$25
$30
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,906 - $71,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$25,164 - $70,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.81 - $29.99  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $43.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
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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$25,164 - $70,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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.

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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Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


Aircraft Electricians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $36K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $44K on average. Aircraft Electricians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Aircraft Electricians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

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

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
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%
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