Avionics Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.88 per hour. Total incomes of Avionics Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $69K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Avionics Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,978 - $68,952
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,644
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$15.17 - $30.02
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$23,978 - $68,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,458  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,946  
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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$29,352 - $69,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $30.02  
   
Overtime
$21.22 - $44.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,458  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,946  
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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$29,352 - $69,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 571

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Job Description for Avionics Technician

An avionics technician completes maintenance on airplanes and helicopters and also inspects airplanes, helicopters and other equipment essential to the flying industry such as missile guidance systems, flight-control equipment and jet engines. Many technicians are trained and employed through the armed forces, although it is also very possible to be employed by an airplane hangar, a repair station or an airfield. Training in these instances usually occurs through a certificate program or an Associate’s degree obtained at a community or junior college. As job growth is somewhat unpredictable, those who have a Bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance from a four-year college have a leg-up on their competition. All avionics technicians must be certified through a Federal Aviation Administration approved program. Many aerospace companies provide their own training schools where their own product line is emphasized.

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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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Avionics Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Electrical Engineer. The average Electrical Engineer brings home $67K per year. Many Avionics Technicians advance into roles as Electronics Technicians or Engineering Technicians, but the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Timco are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Avionics Technicians. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town — $56K on average. Other employers shelling out big bucks include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where Avionics Technicians typically earn around $56K, $52K, or $48K, respectively.

The smallest paychecks can be found at U.S. Army — the median salary there is $38K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $21K and $60K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Timco at $39K, and U.S. Navy where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $57K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Survey results show that Avionics Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Avionics indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Avionics Technician

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


Avionics Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Avionics Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Avionics Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Avionics Technicians will find that Philadelphia offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Coatesville (+10 percent), Savannah (+7 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Avionics Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Avionics Technicians in Phoenix bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Greensboro (17 percent lower) and Miami (15 percent lower).

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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
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 14%