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Electronics Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Electronics Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.31 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $3K, $6K, and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Electronics Technicians can bottom out near $29K or top out at around $67K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,238 - $72,229
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$31K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,430
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$13.14 - $28.55
(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
$31,238 - $72,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,033  
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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$29,335 - $67,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $28.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.63  
Overtime
$18.18 - $44.22  
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 - $3,033  
   
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).
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$29,335 - $67,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,728

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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 some Electronics Technicians move into positions like Construction Project Manager (where the average salary is $70K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for an Electronics Technician is to become an Electrical Engineer or an Engineering Technician. The former position pays an additional $23K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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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), L-3 Communications, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Schlumberger — the median salary there is $75K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $30K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $106K. Also paying near the top of the field are AT&T Inc. at $64K, U.S. Coast Guard at $63K, and U.S. Postal Service (USPS), where Electronics Technicians annually earn $63K.

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


Electronics Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Telecommunications, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Soldering, Assembler, and Unit Testing. Most people 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Electronics Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Electronics Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Electronics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+17 percent), San Antonio (+15 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Pittsburgh and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 6 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
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System Testing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Equipment Installation
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National Average
$44,000


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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 746 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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