Avionics Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.51 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Avionics Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,173 - $70,121
$25K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,576
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$15.50 - $30.06
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$23
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MEDIAN: $22.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,173 - $70,121  
   
Bonus
$19.93 - $5,017  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$30,352 - $68,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $30.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.62 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$19.93 - $5,017  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$30,352 - $68,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 517

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Avionics Technician


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Avionics Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Electrical Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $69K annually. The most common promotion for Avionics Technicians is an Electronics Technician position, which usually brings in $43K a year. Another standard transition for Avionics Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Field Service Engineer role, where pay is often $60K.

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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, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp are leading firms in the industry. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $71K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $32K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $76K. Spacex, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Sikorsky are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Avionics Technicians earning around $64K, $63K, or $57K at each firm, respectively.

U.S. Navy employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $36K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Marine Corps at $37K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $38K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Equipment Installation, and Avionics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Avionics Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $48K. Avionics Technicians see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,588

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With a pay rate for Avionics Technicians that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Savannah offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Wichita (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Greensboro, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Las Vegas and 10 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Avionics Technician

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

▲20%

▲13%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

System Testing
▲15%


Avionics
▼0%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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