For Aircraft Electricians, annual average wages total $41K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Aircraft Electricians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,065 - $67,756
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$22K
$41K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,776
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$18.38 - $32.22
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$18
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$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,065 - $67,756  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
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$24,342 - $70,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $32.22  
   
Overtime
$30.20 - $43.23  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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$24,342 - $70,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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.

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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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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Aircraft Electricians include U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and The Boeing Company. Although U.S. Air Force (USAF) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $45K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $20K on the low end all the way up to $55K at the top.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Electrician

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


Aircraft Electricians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $31K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aircraft Electricians make a median salary of $54K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $60K.

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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
$50,000

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

System Repair
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National Average
$50,000


Avionics
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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