Avionics Technician Salary

Male Avionics Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.67 per hour in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though career duration and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,658 - $70,111
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$25K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,422
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$15.46 - $30.09
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,658 - $70,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,457  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,000  
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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$30,175 - $69,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$21.06 - $44.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,457  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $3,000  
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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$30,175 - $69,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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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

  • 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Electrical Engineer, where median compensation is $68K annually. Avionics Technicians most frequently advance into Electronics Technician and Engineering Technician roles even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army are top-notch employers for Avionics Technicians in this area. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town — $56K on average. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (+$56K), Spacex (+$53K), and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (+$52K).

Considering that the median salary at U.S. Navy is a shallow $31K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 78 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $39K, and Timco where $39K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Survey takers who work as Avionics Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


For many Avionics Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Avionics Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Avionics Technicians that is 20 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Coatesville (+10 percent), Savannah (+9 percent), Palmdale (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). In Greensboro, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Phoenix (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%
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