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Aircraft Electrician Salary (United States)

With just over a 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 $41K per year and can range from $26K on the lower end to $70K per year near the higher end. Career length and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Aircraft Electricians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Aircraft Electrician Salary (?
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$21,810 - $70,773
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MEDIAN: $41,114
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Aircraft Electrician Salary (?
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$16.99 - $30.18
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,810 - $70,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$25,752 - $70,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.99 - $30.18  
   
Overtime
$21.12 - $43.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
   
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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$25,752 - $70,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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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For Aircraft Electricians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Aircraft Electricians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Avionics Technician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Electrician

U.S. Navy offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $41K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $23K and $69K.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Aircraft Electricians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. 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 $61K.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$49,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 13%
Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
95%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%