Avionics Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Avionics Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.66 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Avionics Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,621 - $70,200

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$15.53 - $29.95

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,621 - $70,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,444  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $3,052  
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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$30,245 - $68,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $29.95  
   
Overtime
$21.06 - $44.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,444  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $3,052  
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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$30,245 - $68,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Electrical Engineer, where median compensation is $68K annually. Avionics Technicians most frequently become Electronics Technicians and Engineering Technicians even though median compensation is $6K 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, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Avionics Technicians. The Boeing Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $56K. Avionics Technicians will also find cushy salaries at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (+$56K), Spacex (+$55K), and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (+$52K).

With a median salary of only $31K (78 percent less than the top paying company), U.S. Navy lags significantly in the earnings department. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $39K, and Timco 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 only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know 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.


For Avionics Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. On average, Avionics Technicians make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Avionics Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Avionics Technicians will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Avionics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Coatesville (+10 percent), Savannah (+8 percent), Palmdale (+4 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Greensboro (16 percent less) and Phoenix (7 percent less).

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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
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 14%
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