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Avionics Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Avionics Technicians earn an average of $22.87 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most Avionics Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,282 - $69,502
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,231
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90%

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$15.18 - $30.02
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,282 - $69,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,438  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $2,300  
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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$29,712 - $69,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $30.02  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $44.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $2,300  
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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$29,712 - $69,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 581

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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 who go on to become Electrical Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Electrical Engineers is $67K annually. Avionics Technicians most often move into Electronics Technician or Engineering Technician roles. However, the former pays $7K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Timco are among the top companies that take on many Avionics Technicians. Avionics Technicians flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $56K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc at $56K, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation at $52K, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, where Avionics Technicians annually earn $48K.

U.S. Army offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $38K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $60K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Timco at $39K, and U.S. Marine Corps where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $65K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Survey results show that Avionics Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Avionics 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.


For many Avionics Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Avionics Technicians bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Avionics Technicians that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+12 percent), Coatesville (+10 percent), Savannah (+8 percent), and Tucson (+8 percent). Greensboro is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Miami and 15 percent less in Phoenix, 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

Systems Troubleshooting
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Avionics
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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 146 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
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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