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Avionics Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.94 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of Avionics Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $69K. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Most Avionics Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,174 - $68,047
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$23K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,641
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$15.28 - $30.03
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$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,174 - $68,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,473  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,830  
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$28,804 - $68,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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$15.28 - $30.03  
   
Overtime
$21.66 - $44.25  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,473  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,830  
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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$28,804 - $68,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 563
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Job Description for Avionics Technician

An avionics technician completes maintenance on airplanes and helicopters and also inspects airplanes, helicopters and other equipment essential to the flying industry such as missile guidance systems, flight-control equipment and jet engines. Many technicians are trained and employed through the armed forces, although it is also very possible to be employed by an airplane hangar, a repair station or an airfield. Training in these instances usually occurs through a certificate program or an Associate’s degree obtained at a community or junior college. As job growth is somewhat unpredictable, those who have a Bachelor’s degree in aircraft maintenance from a four-year college have a leg-up on their competition. All avionics technicians must be certified through a Federal Aviation Administration approved program. Many aerospace companies provide their own training schools where their own product line is emphasized.

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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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For Avionics Technicians, career progression to an Electrical Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, an Electrical Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $67K annually. Avionics Technicians most often move into Electronics Technician or Engineering Technician roles. However, the former pays $6K 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, Timco, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc are top-notch employers for Avionics Technicians in this area. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $60K. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (+$56K), The Boeing Company (+$56K), and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (+$48K).

Timco offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $39K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $23K and $53K. Other low-paying employers include U.S. Navy at $42K and U.S. Marine Corps at $42K, though some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 4 percent to 6 percent more than the national average. 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 $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Avionics Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Avionics Technicians, 15 percent higher than the national average. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Coatesville (+10 percent), Tucson (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Avionics Technicians in Phoenix take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Miami and 12 percent less in Greensboro, 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


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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%