Electronics Technician Salary

Electronics Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.31 per hour. In the world of Electronics Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $67K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Electronics Technicians. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,180 - $72,177
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,517
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$13.03 - $28.50
(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
$31,180 - $72,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,019  
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $5,872  
Commission
$550 - $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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$29,156 - $67,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $28.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$18.02 - $44.12  
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 - $3,019  
   
Commission
$550 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$101.61 - $5,872  
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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$29,156 - $67,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,718

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Electronics Technicians sometimes become Construction Project Managers, where the average income is $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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Electronics Technicians include U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), L-3 Communications, and U.S. Air Force (USAF). 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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider AT&T Inc., U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS), top-paying firms where Electronics Technicians rake in a respectable $65K, $63K, or $63K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include U.S. Marine Corps at $42K and U.S. Navy at $49K, though some Electronics Technicians there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Telecommunications, Test Engineering, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Soldering, Assembler, and Unit Testing. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Systems Troubleshooting and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Electronics Technician

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


Electronics Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Electronics Technicians make a median salary of $49K. 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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Electronics Technicians, 19 percent higher than the national average. Electronics Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Norfolk (+17 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (15 percent lower) and Austin (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Electronics Technician Salaries



National Average
$44,000



Skills That Affect Electronics Technician Salaries






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

Unit Testing
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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 749 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
28%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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