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Aircraft Electrician Salary

More than half of Aircraft Electricians in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $25K to $71K per year, and the average comes out to $43K per year. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$21,720 - $70,940
(Median)
$22K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $42,684
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90%

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$16.35 - $29.99
(Median)
$16
$25
$30
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,720 - $70,940  
   
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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$25,335 - $70,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.35 - $29.99  
   
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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$25,335 - $70,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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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 transition into an upper level Avionics Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Avionics Technician makes $47K a year.

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U.S. Navy offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $43K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $70K.


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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 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
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%