Avionics Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.58 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Avionics Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,920 - $70,275
$25K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,044
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$15.75 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,920 - $70,275  
   
Bonus
$20.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
Commission
$12,000  
Total Pay (?
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$30,457 - $68,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.75 - $29.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.83 - $42.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$20.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$30,457 - $68,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 495

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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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For Avionics Technicians, progressing to an Electrical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Electrical Engineer can earn $69K annually. The most common career progression for Avionics Technicians leads to becoming an Electronics Technician, where pay is typically $43K. However, many Avionics Technicians also opt to become Field Service Engineers, a position that pays $60K on average.

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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, U.S. Navy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Timco. Avionics Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, where the median salary comes to $72K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($31K) and those starting out ($76K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Lockheed Martin Corp, Bombardier, and Sikorsky also offer top salaries for Avionics Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $63K, $57K, and $57K, respectively.

U.S. Navy reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $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 $39K, 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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.


Avionics Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. Avionics Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Avionics Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,882

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For those looking to make money, Avionics Technicians in Savannah enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), Wichita (+14 percent), and Tucson (+13 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Avionics Technician

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Avionics Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Avionics Technician Salaries

System Testing
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Avionics
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Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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