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Aircraft Electrician Salary

Aircraft Electricians in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $42K annually, but may range from $25K to $71K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,764 - $70,857
(Median)
$22K
$42K
$71K
MEDIAN: $41,992
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$16.40 - $29.94
(Median)
$16
$25
$30
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,764 - $70,857  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
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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$25,063 - $70,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.40 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$20.73 - $43.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
   
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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$25,063 - $70,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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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Although U.S. Navy hands out the lowest average salary in town at $43K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $22K or as much as $70K.


Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


Aircraft Electricians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $43K. Aircraft Electricians see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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.

Aircraft Electrician Reviews

What is it like working as an Aircraft Electrician at U.S. Air Force (USAF)?

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
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%
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