Aircraft Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.14 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aircraft Mechanics. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,303 - $77,401
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,755
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$15.14 - $33.12
(Median)
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,303 - $77,401  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$31,363 - $74,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $33.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$18.20  
Overtime
$20.64 - $48.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.37 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,400  
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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$31,363 - $74,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Aircraft Maintenance Manager, where median compensation is $75K annually. It is not uncommon for an Aircraft Mechanic to continue on to become an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic or an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Aircraft Mechanics. Although Northrop Grumman Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $54K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $34K to $89K. Other leaders in compensation levels are U.S. Army at $52K, The Boeing Company at $52K, and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, where Aircraft Mechanics annually earn $46K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $43K, and U.S. Navy where $46K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aircraft Mechanics there earn up to $66K.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Aircraft Mechanics seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Industrial Hydraulics. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. On average, Aircraft Mechanics make $57K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $64K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,016

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For those looking to make money, Aircraft Mechanics in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Denver (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Tucson (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Greensboro Aircraft Mechanics earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Phoenix and 8 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Avionics
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National Average
$50,000

Maintenance
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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