Electronics Technician Salary

Electronics Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.41 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Electronics Technicians (largely between $29K and $67K) includes potential earnings of $3K from bonuses, $6K from profit sharing, and commissions of $5K in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Electronics Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,628 - $71,994

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$13.20 - $28.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$31,628 - $71,994  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,007  
Profit Sharing
$100.90 - $5,900  
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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$29,492 - $67,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $28.61  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $44.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,007  
   
Commission
$98.63 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$100.90 - $5,900  
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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$29,492 - $67,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,758
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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. It is quite typical for Electronics Technicians to transition into roles as Electrical Engineers or Engineering Technicians, where reported median earnings are $23K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Electronics Technician


Electronics Technicians fill the offices of leading firms U.S. Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), L-3 Communications, and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Electronics Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Schlumberger, where the median salary comes to $75K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($30K) and those starting out ($106K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider AT&T Inc., U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and U.S. Coast Guard, top-paying firms where Electronics Technicians rake in a respectable $64K, $63K, or $63K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Halliburton Energy Services at $41K, General Electric Co (GE) at $46K, and U.S. Navy, where $48K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Electronics Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Microsoft Office, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Soldering, Assembler, and Technical Services. 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.


For Electronics Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. On average, Electronics Technicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Electronics Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Electronics Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Electronics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Norfolk (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (13 percent lower) 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
0%

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 736 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: 54% employee benefits None: 17%
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