Avionics Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.69 per hour nationwide. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. For the most part, Avionics Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,623 - $70,140
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$25K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,357
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$15.44 - $30.11
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,623 - $70,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,477  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$30,140 - $69,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $30.11  
   
Overtime
$21.10 - $44.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $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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$30,140 - $69,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 596
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Job Description for Avionics Technician

A typical avionics technician will be responsible for repairing and maintaining electronic systems in an aircraft, such as radio communication, aircraft navigation, weather radar systems, engine controls, and any other electronic instruments involved with the operation of an aircraft. An avionics technician will also be required to perform troubleshooting on electronic parts until a diagnosis is reached. Many times, the avionics technician will be required to fabricate and repair the needed parts, including items such as circuit breakers, switch panels, and junction boxes.

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Avionics Technician Tasks

  • Document aircraft maintenance for record keeping in accordance with company policy and applicable laws and statutes.
  • Fabricate, solder, route and install wiring assemblies and electrical components.
  • Assemble, install, modify, troubleshoot and repair avionics components and electrical systems.

Common Career Paths for Avionics Technician


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For Avionics Technicians, progressing to an Electrical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Electrical Engineer can earn $68K annually. Many Avionics Technicians choose to become Electronics Technicians and Engineering Technicians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $6K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Avionics Technicians include U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and U.S. Army. Those at The Boeing Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $56K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, Spacex, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where Avionics Technicians typically earn around $56K, $53K, or $52K, respectively.

U.S. Army seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $39K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $21K and $62K. Other low-paying employers include Timco at $39K and U.S. Marine Corps at $41K, though some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $71K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Survey takers who work as Avionics Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Avionics can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Avionics tend to be well versed in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Avionics Technician

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


For Avionics Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. For Avionics Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Avionics Technicians in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+15 percent), Savannah (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), and Palmdale (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Greensboro. Employers in Miami and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Avionics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%
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