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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary

Male Aircraft Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.84 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges between $15.27 per hour and $30.96. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,550 - $71,596
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,502
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$15.27 - $30.96
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,550 - $71,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
Profit Sharing
$117.00 - $5,000  
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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$32,283 - $72,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $30.96  
   
Overtime
$20.92 - $47.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
   
Profit Sharing
$117.00 - $5,000  
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).
)
$32,283 - $72,258  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630

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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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Aircraft Mechanics may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Aircraft Maintenance Manager. The latter position pays an average of $73K annually. Going from Aircraft Mechanic to Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics is $47K. Many others choose to work as Aircraft Maintenance Supervisors, where pay is typically $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Employees of The Boeing Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $32K to $73K.

U.S. Army reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $39K) but some workers make up to $54K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Survey results show that Aircraft Mechanics use a fair number of 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. The majority of those who know Maintenance also know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

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


For Aircraft Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. For Aircraft Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 17%