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Avionics Technician Salary (United States)

Avionics Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.95 per hour. In the world of Avionics Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $69K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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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Avionics Technicians who go on to become Electrical Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Electrical Engineers is $67K annually. More often than not, an Electronics Technician role is the next step for Avionics Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Electronics Technicians is usually $43K. Many Avionics Technicians choose to take on a Medical Equipment Field Service Engineer role instead, where salaries are typically $62K.

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 all popular places to work. Those at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $62K. 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 $60K, $56K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.
The pay scale is far from balanced at Timco. While salaries on one end can reach $53K, the company's median pay sits at $37K, the lowest in the field. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Navy at $42K, and U.S. Marine Corps where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician

Job skills reported by Avionics Technicians are limited. Financial compensation rises with mastery of Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Avionics skills (by 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively). 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Avionics Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-seventh.

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Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Avionics Technicians, 27 percent higher than the national average. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+16 percent), Coatesville (+11 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Tucson (+9 percent). Avionics Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Avionics Technicians in Phoenix bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 22 percent less in Miami and 17 percent less in Greensboro, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

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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%