Avionics Technician Salary (United States)

Male Avionics Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.95 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges from $15.10 per hour on the low end to $30.17 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residency, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Avionics Technician Salary (?
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$22,654 - $67,834
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MEDIAN: $43,951
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Avionics Technician Salary (?
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$15.10 - $30.17
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,654 - $67,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $7,757  
Total Pay (?
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$28,059 - $68,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $30.17  
   
Overtime
$21.48 - $44.10  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $7,757  
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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$28,059 - $68,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 591
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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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As Avionics Technicians make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $18,228 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Electrical Engineer. Avionics Technicians go on to become Electronics Technicians more often than anything else despite lower paychecks (-$6,004). Avionics Technicians can find higher salaries (+$13,046) when they move into a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician

Known for taking on a considerable number of Avionics Technicians, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Timco, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc are leading firms in the industry. For Avionics Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; in fact, typical earnings are around $61,626, the highest in the area. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, The Boeing Company, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Avionics Technicians earning around $60,018, $55,566, or $48,240 at each firm, respectively.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Timco, where the median salary is just $37,440. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Navy at $42,000 and U.S. Marine Corps at $42,485, though some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician

Professional skills reported by Avionics Technicians are few in number. Those who are competent in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Avionics will get paid more than those who are unfamiliar with these skills: 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Avionics also know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Avionics Technician

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For Avionics Technicians, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. New salaries start at $40K and reach $49K in five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $56K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Avionics Technicians earning an average of $59K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Avionics Technicians, Philadelphia offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Denver, Coatesville, Dallas, and Tucson, top-paying markets where Avionics Technicians rake in more than the national norm (+16 percent, +11 percent, +11 percent, and +9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Greensboro (-22 percent and -17 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

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$49,000

Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

Avionics
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$49,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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