Aircraft Engine Mechanic Salary
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.
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).Read More...
Aspiring aircraft engine mechanics should have in-depth knowledge of aircraft mechanical components, exceptional troubleshooting skills, the abilities to adjust, repair, and replace parts and components of aircraft engines, and the ability to work well in an environment subject to exhaust fumes, loud noises, and extreme weather conditions. Some positions require specific knowledge of particular aircraft engines and/or hydraulics, and some positions require security clearance. Background checks and drug screenings are usually mandatory for all applicants.
Those in this position must have considerable integrity and dependability and the willingness to continuously learn new skills and technology related to their job. The abilities to work in team environments and work well with diverse people are also important. Some aircraft engine mechanics may be required to attend special training and workshops, as well as train and coach new mechanics.
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.