Electronics Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Electronics Technicians earn an average of $19.35 per hour. In the world of Electronics Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $29K and $67K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $6K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career length and geography. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. For the most part, Electronics Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,609 - $71,888
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,413
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$13.16 - $28.54
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,609 - $71,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,004  
Profit Sharing
$100.56 - $5,932  
Commission
$98.63 - $4,966  
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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$29,396 - $66,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $28.54  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $44.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,004  
   
Commission
$98.63 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$100.56 - $5,932  
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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$29,396 - $66,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,740
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Job Description for Electronics Technician

Electronics Technicians are very important workers, especially for the common households and business where electronics thrive the most. Electronics Technicians can repair your business or your household electronics. These technicians can fix many things ranging from televisions to computers to radios. They can even work with engineers to help them develop new systems and products. Electronic Technicians can work in many job fields, such as aeronautics, medicine, government, hospitals, engineering, transportation, etc. Technicians have good learning ability, and they are able to repair many different products. Troubleshoot electro-mechanical assemblies to the component level. Utilize various electronic test equipment, such as meters, oscilloscopes and power supplies. Design and document minor electronics and cable assemblies. Perform minor soldering and electronic repair. Develop and document test processes for electronic equipment. They also have good eyesight and color vision due to the fact that they must be able to clearly see the many parts of the electronic system that they are working on. Listening and communication skills are also very highly involved with being a electronics technician. The more work and experience that an electrician gains the more likely they are to to seek a supervisory position in a company. Some technicians go on to start their own business in electronic repair. At the beginning of their career the technicians usually start out with an associates degree. Some of the electricians will seek a bachelors degree later on in their career. Some technicians even help to repair missiles for the government. Electronics have become a very big part of our day to day life and without them life would be dull and uninteresting. In all, electronics technicians play a very important role in our society and how we live our everyday life. Without their help, life would almost cease to exist.


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 sometimes assume positions such as Construction Project Managers. That role pays $70K per year on average. Electronics Technicians typically move into roles as Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technicians, and those positions pay $23K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Technician


U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), L-3 Communications, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are all popular places to work. Employees of Schlumberger can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $30K to $106K. AT&T Inc., U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and U.S. Coast Guard also offer top salaries for Electronics Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $63K, $63K, and $63K, respectively.

Workers at Halliburton Energy Services, General Electric Co (GE), and U.S. Navy also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $41K, $46K, and $48K respectively.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Electronics Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Test Engineering, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Soldering, Assembler, and Technical Services. The majority of those who know 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Electronics 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 $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Electronics Technicians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Electronics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Norfolk (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Orlando (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electronics Technician Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Electronics Technician Salaries




Microsoft Office
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System Repair
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System Testing
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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National Average
$44,000


Technical Services
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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 734 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
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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