Avionics Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $23.30 per hour nationwide. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Avionics Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,221 - $74,132
$24K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $47,998
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50%
90%

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$15.75 - $30.89
$16
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $23.36
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50%
90%

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$0$74K
Salary $24,221 - $74,132
Bonus $255.32 - $4,848
Profit Sharing $1,750
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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$30,487 - $71,569
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 295
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $15.75 - $30.89
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $23.10 - $45.19
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $255.32 - $4,848
Profit Sharing $1,750
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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$30,487 - $71,569
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 491

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Electrical Engineer, where median compensation is $69K annually. The most common career progression for Avionics Technicians leads to becoming an Electronics Technician, where pay is typically $43K. However, many Avionics Technicians also opt to become Field Service Engineers, a position that pays $60K on average.

Avionics Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, and Timco are all popular places to work. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp pays the most with a median salary of $71K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $32K to a high of $76K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Spacex, Lockheed Martin Corp, and Sikorsky, where earnings of $64K, $63K, or $57K are standard for Avionics Technicians.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at U.S. Navy, where the median salary is a mere $36K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Marine Corps at $37K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $39K, though some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Electronic Equipment Installation, Systems Troubleshooting, and Avionics are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Avionics also know Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Avionics Technician

Pay by Experience for an Avionics Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Avionics Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 314 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Avionics Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 322 salaries. An experienced Avionics Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 218 salaries. An Avionics Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 100 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,037

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Avionics Technicians in Savannah receive some of the highest pay in the country. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), Tucson (+11 percent), and Wichita (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Greensboro, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Las Vegas and Jacksonville (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

Avionics Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Avionics Technician?

Avionics Technician in Cleveland:
Pros: Positive co-workers, experience.
Cons: Stress level, culture, resources.

Avionics Technician in Miami:
"Growing."
Pros: I get experience with OJT,
Cons: Low income.

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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 150 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$50,000

▼4%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

System Testing
▲18%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▲1%

National Average
$50,000

Avionics
▼2%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 15%
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