What's the Salary for Entry-Level Avionics Technician Jobs?
There are different types of avionics technicians found. This article discusses the average salary for entry-level avionics technicians in all types of avionics industries. In addition to salary information, factors affecting earnings are briefly discussed. Schools offering CCAF degrees can also be found in these popular choices.
There are a variety of avionics technicians each performing slightly different tasks. Those who perform maintenance and repair on avionics equipment are often known avionics service technicians, usually shortened simply to avionics technicians. Those who help engineers in the design and manufacture of avionics parts and equipment are also called avionics technicians. This article discusses the combined earnings of all avionics technicians in every sector.
Median Annual Earnings
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), (www.bls.gov), occupational employment statistics provides median hourly earnings for avionics technicians as of May 2008. According to the BLS, the lowest 10% of avionics technicians earned $16.45 per hour. The hourly wage varied by industry. The scheduled air transportation industry offered the highest median hourly wage as of May 2008.
Payscale.com provides a median hourly rate range for entry-level workers, ones with less than one year of experience. The range is between $16.00 and $18.43 an hour as of December 2009.
Factors Affecting Earnings
Earnings for any occupation in any industry vary by many factors. Earnings for entry-level avionics technicians aren't based on experience but on other major factors, such as location and education.
According to the BLS, the states offering the highest pay for avionics technicians (listed in no particular order) were Colorado, Hawaii, Connecticut, Alaska and Indiana as of May 2008. More specifically, the metropolitan areas with the highest pay for avionics technicians (listed in no particular order) were Anchorage, AK; Honolulu, HI; West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA and Denver-Aurora, CO.
Repair and maintenance positions generally require FAA airframe mechanic certification usually obtained through training at certified mechanics schools unless you have prior avionics experience. In addition, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), (www.faa.gov), you must be properly trained and have the proper tools and equipment. Additional certifications and education usually enhance earnings.
Avionic technicians working for design and manufacturing companies usually need at least a two-year degree in electronic engineering technology. A four-year degree in avionics or electronic engineering may enhance earnings.
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