What does an Avionics Technician do?

Avionics technicians repair and maintain a plane's electronic instruments, including radio communication devices and equipment, radar systems, and navigation aids. They inspect, install, test, and repair systems and ensure they all function properly. They generally work on the communication, navigation, and flight control systems that power the aircraft and the wiring that connects them. They install and test complex avionics equipment in electrical systems and ensure that all avionics equipment works appropriately before takeoff and will not interfere with any other electronic device aboard the aircraft.

They remove, repair, and reinstall problematic equipment before aircraft can take off and perform intricate soldering on navigation, missile control, and communication components. They assemble and install electrical components and provide an accurate diagnosis of difficult avionics problems and issues. Avionics technicians coordinate all work with engineers, technicians, and aircraft maintenance staff and keep detailed records of all repairs and work performed on the aircraft. Avionics technicians need a bachelor's or associate's degree in avionics or aviation technology and certification in electrical engineering or aviation maintenance.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Avionics Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$62,129 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$45K
Median: $62K
$85K
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Avionics Technician Career Path

Learn how to become an Avionics Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Avionics Technician Insights

Read what Avionics Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
West Star AviationWest Star Aviation
Avionics Technician
Jun. 22, 2020

“Overall the atmosphere is great and I truly enjoyed the company and the people I work with.”

The British ArmyThe British Army
Avionics Technician (Soldier)
Oct. 3, 2020

“Being in the right trade/role can set you up for great career progression within or outside the military”

Dallas AirmotiveDallas Airmotive
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Jun. 14, 2021

“Its a great job starting out in aviation but its basically a dead end job in the shop.”

JT4JT4
Electronics Technician I
May 29, 2021

“Be prepared for long hours and many external factors outside of anyone's control impacting your schedule.”

AmmrocAmmroc
F16 Avionics Technician
Jun. 25, 2021

“Good pay uae is nice”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Avionics Technician
Feb. 8, 2021

“N/A good beginnings and structure to career”

ArmArm
Avionics Technician
Nov. 26, 2020

“Not very steady but great pay.”

HAECO AmericasHAECO Americas
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Sep. 2, 2021

“I would have to work 60 hour weeks to get minimal pay for my family to survive.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an avionics technician

When working as an avionics technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Aircraft Avionics, Test Equipment, English Language, Windows Operating Systems and Aircraft Systems.

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The most common qualifications to become an avionics technician is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.