Avionics Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.76 per hour nationwide. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Avionics Technicians. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,839 - $69,929
$25K
$45K
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MEDIAN: $45,070
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$15.75 - $30.26
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MEDIAN: $22.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,839 - $69,929  
   
Bonus
$19.73 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$30,375 - $69,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.75 - $30.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$22.27 - $42.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$19.73 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$30,375 - $69,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 484
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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

  • Assemble, install, modify, troubleshoot and repair avionics components and electrical systems.
  • Fabricate, solder, route and install wiring assemblies and electrical components.
  • Document aircraft maintenance for record keeping in accordance with company policy and applicable laws and statutes.

Common Career Paths for Avionics Technician


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At the upper end, Avionics Technicians who move into an Electrical Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Electrical Engineers is a much higher $69K per year. An Electronics Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for Avionics Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $43K on average. The Field Service Engineer position is another common transition for Avionics Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $60K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, and Timco are all popular places to work. Although Gulfstream Aerospace Corp boasts the highest average salary in town at $71K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $32K or as much as $76K. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Spacex ($64K), Lockheed Martin Corp ($63K), and Sikorsky ($57K).

The lowest pay by far can be found at U.S. Navy — this employer offers a median salary of $36K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Marine Corps at $37K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $39K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $53K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with System Testing and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Avionics are similarly competent in Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Avionics Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Avionics Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy 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 $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Avionics Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,945

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Savannah is home to an above-average pay rate for Avionics Technicians, 27 percent higher than the national average. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+19 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), Tucson (+13 percent), and Wichita (+12 percent). Greensboro is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Las Vegas and 11 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Avionics Technician

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries

▲17%

▲13%

National Average
$49,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

System Testing
▲20%

Electronic Equipment Installation
▲3%


Avionics
▼0%

National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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