Male Electronics Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.83 per hour in the United States. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Electronics Technicians — as high as $4K, $7K and $24K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $30K to $68K. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,888 - $72,192
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$32K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,057
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$13.35 - $29.26
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$13
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$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,888 - $72,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,183  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,068  
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,468  
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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$29,569 - $68,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,082
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $29.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$18.56 - $45.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,183  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $24,468  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,068  
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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$29,569 - $68,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,451
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Job Description for Electronics Technician

Electronic technicians repair, conduct, and test a variety of electrical systems and products. When an electrical system is malfunctioning, these technicians must troubleshoot the system and repair it to a safe and working order.

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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 Electronics Technicians do not often become Electronics Engineers, the job pays $69K per year on average. 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


Electronics Technicians flock to U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin Corp, AT&T Inc., L-3 Communications, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $67K. United States Navy, U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and U.S. Coast Guard also offer top salaries for Electronics Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $66K, $65K, and $63K, respectively.

U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Halliburton Energy Services also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $33K, $44K, and $47K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Electronics Technician


Electronics Technicians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Telecommunications, Test Engineering, Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Soldering as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Quality Assurance / Quality Control and Assembler also typically command lower compensation. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. Electronics Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,327

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Electronics Technicians, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Electronics Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+17 percent), Norfolk (+10 percent), Austin (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Atlanta (17 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Electronics Technician Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Electronics Technician Salaries






Electronic Equipment Installation
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System Testing
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Computer Hardware Technician
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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$45,000

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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Soldering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 499 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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