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Avionics Technician Salary

Male Avionics Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.80 per hour in the United States. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Avionics Technicians is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,306 - $69,784
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,433
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$15.23 - $30.10
(Median)
$15
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,306 - $69,784  
   
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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$29,894 - $69,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.23 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $44.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$29,894 - $69,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 592

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Electrical Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $68K annually. Avionics Technicians most frequently advance into Electronics Technician and Engineering Technician roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Avionics Technician


Dominating the field, U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Timco are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Avionics Technicians. The Boeing Company offers the largest salaries in town — $56K on average. Other big spenders include General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, top-paying firms where Avionics Technicians see paychecks nearing $56K, $52K, or $48K.

With a median salary of only $38K, U.S. Army pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $21K to $60K isn't that wide, either. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Timco at $39K, and U.S. Navy where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Avionics Technicians there earn up to $57K.

Popular Skills for Avionics Technician


Avionics Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that 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. 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Avionics Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. Avionics Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Avionics Technicians in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. 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). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Greensboro. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Phoenix (16 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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 148 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: 65% employee benefits None: 14%
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