Electronics Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Technicians earn an average of $19.46 per hour. The final incomes of Electronics Technicians generally vary between $30K and $67K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $3K, $6K, and $24K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,048 - $72,111
(Median)
$32K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,923
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$13.23 - $28.79
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,048 - $72,111  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,088  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $6,004  
Commission
$99.33 - $24,468  
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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$29,599 - $67,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,426
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $28.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02  
Overtime
$18.12 - $44.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,088  
   
Commission
$99.33 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $6,004  
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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$29,599 - $67,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,066
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Job Description for Electronics Technician

Electronic technicians repair, conduct, and test a variety of electrical systems and products. When an electrical system is malfunctioning, these technicians must troubleshoot the system and repair it to a safe and working order.

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Electronics Technician Tasks

  • Design and document minor electronics and cable assemblies.
  • Utilize various electronic test equipment, such as meters, oscilloscopes and power supplies.
  • Perform minor soldering and electronic repair.
  • Troubleshoot electro-mechanical assemblies to the component level.
  • Develop and document test processes for electronic equipment.

Common Career Paths for Electronics Technician


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Electronics Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. Electronics Technicians most often move into positions as Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Technician


U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), L-3 Communications, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are top-notch employers for Electronics Technicians in this area. Employees of AT&T Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $65K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $39K to $82K. Also paying near the top of the field are U.S. Postal Service (USPS) at $64K, U.S. Coast Guard at $63K, and Raytheon Co., where Electronics Technicians annually earn $62K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Marine Corps at $39K, and Halliburton Energy Services where $46K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Electronics Technicians there earn up to $117K.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Electronics Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Test Engineering, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Soldering, Assembler, and Technical Services. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electronics Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,851

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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Electronics Technicians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Electronics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+15 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Norfolk (+9 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Orlando (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electronics Technician Salaries



National Average
$45,000



Skills That Affect Electronics Technician Salaries




Microsoft Office
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System Repair
up arrow 4%

Electronic Equipment Installation
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System Testing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
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National Average
$45,000


Technical Services
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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 792 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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