Avionics Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Avionics Technicians earn an average of $22.65 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.60 per hour and $30.17. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Avionics Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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. The most common promotion for Avionics Technicians is an Electronics Technician position, which usually brings in $43K a year. Another standard transition for Avionics Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Field Service Engineer role, where pay is often $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Avionics Technicians include U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, U.S. Navy, and Timco. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $64K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Spacex at $57K, The Boeing Company at $56K, and Sikorsky, where Avionics Technicians annually earn $55K.

Known for its small paychecks, U.S. Navy actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $33K — 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 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. Those familiar with Avionics also tend to know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Avionics Technicians make a median salary of $56K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Avionics Technician's salary, with Miami Avionics Technicians earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Workers in Greensboro and Wichita earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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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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