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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.75 per hour. Compensation ranges from $15.24 per hour on the lower end to $30.55 on the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Aircraft Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (?
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$30,821 - $73,377
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MEDIAN: $48,657
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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,821 - $73,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,461  
Profit Sharing
$120.56 - $4,955  
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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$32,473 - $71,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 315
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.24 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$20.40 - $47.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$120.56 - $4,955  
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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$32,473 - $71,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 664
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Job Description for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Aircraft mechanics/service technicians are responsible for all aspects of the care and maintenance of aircraft. They provide both urgent maintenance to address specific issues and continued general care to ensure aircraft remain in good condition.
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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician 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.

Common Career Paths for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

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As Aircraft Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Aircraft Maintenance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Aircraft Maintenance Managers on average earn $73K per year. Given that the typical pay is $47K, it may be surprising to find that an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is the most common role for Aircraft Mechanics to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role — which pays $65K — is also typical for Aircraft Mechanics, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Although the highest salaries can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF) where median pay is $48K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $35K and $60K.
With a median salary of only $39K, U.S. Army pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $27K to $54K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Survey results suggest that Aircraft Mechanics use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Composite Materials. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Aircraft Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Las Vegas
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New York
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Atlanta
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National Average
$49,000
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For those looking to make money, Aircraft Mechanics in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Seattle is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Wichita (10 percent lower) and Jacksonville (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%