Avionics Technician Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $22.95 per hour nationwide. Compensation generally starts at $15.10 per hour and does not exceed $30.17. Total cash compensation to Avionics Technicians bottoms out near $22,654 and approaches $67,834 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $2,466 from bonuses and almost $7,757 from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. The majority of Avionics Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Avionics Technician Salary (?
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$22,654 - $67,834
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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 (?
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $30.17  
   
Overtime
$21.48 - $44.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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. Going from Avionics Technician to Electronics Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, even given the smaller paychecks (-$6,004). Many others choose to work as Medical Equipment Field Service Engineers, where pay goes up by $13,046.

Avionics Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician

U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Timco, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc are top-notch employers for Avionics Technicians in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation offers the most; Avionics Technicians earn $61,626 on average there. Other big spenders include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, The Boeing Company, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, top-paying firms where Avionics Technicians see paychecks nearing $60,018, $55,566, or $48,240.
Although Timco hands out the lowest average salary in town at $37,440, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $18,976 or as much as $53K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Navy at $42,000, and U.S. Marine Corps where $42,485 is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician

Avionics Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. High-paying skills include Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Avionics; these bring in an additional 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Avionics Technicians, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $40K to $49K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $56K. After 20 years in the field, Avionics Technicians see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent 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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Avionics Technicians, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Denver, Coatesville, Dallas, and Tucson also offer top salaries for Avionics Technicians. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 16 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Avionics Technicians in Phoenix earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Miami and Greensboro are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -22 percent and -17 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

National Average
$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%
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