Aircraft Electrician Salary

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 $70K per year, but median earnings come to around $43K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the company and location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,526 - $69,997
(Median)
$24K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,408
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$17.69 - $30.47
(Median)
$18
$25
$30
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,526 - $69,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
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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$26,003 - $70,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.69 - $30.47  
   
Overtime
$25.79 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,082  
   
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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$26,003 - $70,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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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Many Aircraft Electricians move into an Avionics Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Avionics Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Aircraft Electricians.

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Aircraft Electricians flock to U.S. Air Force (USAF) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $48K lead the pack in compensation; however, U.S. Air Force (USAF) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $25K at one end to $58K at the other end.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. For Aircraft Electricians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

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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
$51,000

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

Avionics
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System Repair
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National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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