Aircraft Electrician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aircraft Electricians earn an average of $40K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Aircraft Electricians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,218 - $65,360
$23K
$40K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,191
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50%
90%

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$19.46 - $33.89
$19
$25
$34
MEDIAN: $25.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,218 - $65,360  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,778 - $70,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.46 - $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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$24,778 - $70,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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.

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, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and U.S. Army are all popular places to work. Northrop Grumman Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $59K.

U.S. Navy pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $26K, less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

Pay by Experience for an Aircraft Electrician has a positive trend. An entry-level Aircraft Electrician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 41 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aircraft Electrician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Aircraft Electrician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 35 salaries. An Aircraft Electrician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 22 salaries.

Aircraft Electrician Reviews

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
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Electrician Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

Entry-Level
▼38%

Skills That Affect Aircraft Electrician Salaries

System Repair
▲16%

National Average
$50,000


Avionics
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 7%
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