Aircraft Electrician Salary

Aircraft Electricians in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $43K per year on average but can range from $26K to $71K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Aircraft Electricians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,104 - $71,165
(Median)
$23K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,546
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$16.81 - $30.56
(Median)
$17
$25
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,104 - $71,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
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$25,600 - $71,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.81 - $30.56  
   
Overtime
$22.47 - $43.25  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$25,600 - $71,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.

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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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Aircraft Electricians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Air Force (USAF), where the median salary comes to $47K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($23K) and those starting out ($61K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.


Survey takers who work as Aircraft Electricians usually report a few specific skills. Avionics and Electronic Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Troubleshooting. Employees educated in Avionics are typically practiced in Electronic Troubleshooting, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Aircraft Electricians. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $36K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $44K. On average, Aircraft Electricians make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $62K.

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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
$50,000

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

Avionics
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National Average
$50,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%
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