Aircraft Electrician Salary

Approximately one-half of Aircraft Electricians in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $26K to $71K per year, but median earnings come to around $43K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,104 - $71,165

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$16.71 - $30.72

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,104 - $71,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
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$25,503 - $71,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Hourly Rate
$16.71 - $30.72  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $42.43  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,503 - $71,443  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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 go on to become Avionics Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Avionics Technician, an upper-level role, pays $46K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Electrician


U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the largest salaries in town ($47K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $23K to $61K.


Survey takers who work as Aircraft Electricians report a focused set of job skills. Avionics and Electronic Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Electronic Troubleshooting. Aptitude in Avionics tends to also indicate an understanding of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


Aircraft Electricians with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $36K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $44K. For Aircraft Electricians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. Aircraft Electricians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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
27%
10-19 years
28%
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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