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Electronics Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electronics Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $19.22 per hour. Cash earnings for Electronics Technicians — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $67K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though career duration and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronics Technicians. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,218 - $72,310
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MEDIAN: $49,257
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$13.05 - $28.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,218 - $72,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,932  
Commission
$101.74 - $3,000  
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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$29,195 - $67,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,290
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $28.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$18.14 - $43.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
Commission
$101.74 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $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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$29,195 - $67,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,712
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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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While not commonly seen, Electronics Technicians who transition into a Construction Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technicians are common next-step roles for Electronics Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Electrical Engineers is $23K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Engineering Technicians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Technician


Many Electronics Technicians can be found at U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Lockheed Martin Corp, firms that are at the top of the field. For Electronics Technicians, comfortable salaries can be found at Schlumberger; in fact, average earnings are around $75K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($30K versus $106K) is great. U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also offer top salaries for Electronics Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $63K, $62K, and $60K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include U.S. Navy at $49K and Halliburton Energy Services at $49K, though some Electronics Technicians there earn up to $85K.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Survey results imply that Electronics Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Telecommunications, Test Engineering, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Soldering, Assembler, and Unit Testing. 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $44K. Electronics Technicians see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Electronics Technicians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Electronics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Jacksonville (+8 percent), and Charleston (+8 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Workers in Columbus and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electronics Technician Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Electronics Technician Salaries







Electronic Troubleshooting
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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$44,000


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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 721 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
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%