Avionics Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.65 per hour. Earnings sit near $15.60 per hour on the lower side but can approach $30.17 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,949 - $70,950
(Median)
$25K
$47K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,240
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$15.60 - $30.17
(Median)
$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,949 - $70,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$30,813 - $69,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $30.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$21.00 - $44.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,600  
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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$30,813 - $69,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 662
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Electrical Engineer. The average Electrical Engineer brings home $68K per year. An Electronics Technician role is the most common promotion for Avionics Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $43K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Avionics Technicians is a Field Service Engineer position, where earnings are usually $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians fill the offices of leading firms U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, U.S. Navy, and Timco. Avionics Technicians flock to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $64K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Spacex at $57K, The Boeing Company at $56K, and Sikorsky, where Avionics Technicians annually earn $55K.

Earnings fall especially short at U.S. Navy, where the median salary of $33K is the lowest in the field, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $38K, and U.S. Marine Corps where $39K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $72K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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

National Average: $49,550

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For Avionics Technicians, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+15 percent), Coatesville (+9 percent), Savannah (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Avionics Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Avionics Technicians in Miami bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Greensboro and 7 percent less in Wichita, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Avionics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

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