A sizeable majority of Aircraft Engine Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.55 per hour. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,862 - $73,698
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$32K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,381
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$15.86 - $30.24
(Median)
$16
$24
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$31,862 - $73,698  
   
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$32,981 - $73,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.86 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$12.30 - $45.78  
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$32,981 - $73,620  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Aircraft Engine Mechanic

Aircraft engine mechanics generally work for airline companies and the U.S. military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and National Guard. Candidates for this position should have at least eighteen months of practical experience with either power plants or air frames, as well as thirty months of practical experience with both at the same time and, of course, graduation from an accredited school which is approved by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).

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Aircraft Engine Mechanic Tasks

  • Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
  • Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.
  • Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
  • Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Engine Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $51K. Aircraft Engine Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Engine Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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