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Electronics Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Electronics Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.34 per hour. Total cash incomes of Electronics Technicians run from $29K to $67K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K, profit sharing that reaches $6K, and some commissions of nearly $5K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Electronics Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,212 - $72,348
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,410
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$13.14 - $28.59
(Median)
$13
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,212 - $72,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,031  
Profit Sharing
$101.13 - $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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$29,341 - $67,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $28.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$18.18 - $44.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,031  
   
Commission
$98.63 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$101.13 - $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).
)
$29,341 - $67,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,730
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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 who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. When Electronics Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technicians. Those roles pay an additional $23K and $2K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Electronics Technicians, U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), L-3 Communications, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are leading firms in the industry. Although Schlumberger heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $75K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $30K to $106K. Soaring salaries can also be found at AT&T Inc., U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and U.S. Coast Guard, where earnings of $64K, $63K, or $63K are standard for Electronics Technicians.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include General Electric Co (GE) at $46K, and Halliburton Energy Services where $48K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Electronics Technicians there earn up to $85K.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Survey results imply that Electronics Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Test Engineering, and Telecommunications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


For Electronics Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Electronics Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Electronics Technicians, 19 percent above the national average. Electronics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+17 percent), San Antonio (+16 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Austin (13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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
up arrow 4%

System Testing
up arrow 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Electronic Equipment Installation
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National Average
$44,000


up arrow 13%

Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 743 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
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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