Average Aircraft Electricians in the United States make around $40K annually. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Most Aircraft Electricians report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Aircraft Electricians are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,305 - $62,501
$23K
$40K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,160
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50%
90%

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$18.25 - $33.89
$18
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$34
MEDIAN: $25.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,305 - $62,501  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,640 - $70,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $33.89  
   
Overtime
$30.62 - $46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$24,640 - $70,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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.

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Electrician


U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and U.S. Army are top-notch employers for Aircraft Electricians in this area. Aircraft Electricians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where the average salary comes to $70K.

U.S. Navy lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 159 percent less than the top paying company ($27K).

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Aircraft Electricians see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Aircraft Electricians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $59K.

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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 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
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Aircraft Electrician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 17%

National Average
$49,000


Avionics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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