Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.81 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.06 per hour and $31.70. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The majority of Aircraft Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,312 - $73,282
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,243
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$15.06 - $31.70
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,312 - $73,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,171  
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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$31,858 - $73,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $31.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$18.20  
Overtime
$18.56 - $46.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,171  
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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$31,858 - $73,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 573
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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 who transition into an Aircraft Maintenance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $75K per year. More often than not, an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role is the next step for Aircraft Mechanics moving up in the field. Pay for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics is usually $47K. Many Aircraft Mechanics choose to take on an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role instead, where salaries are typically $66K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


The Boeing Company pays the most with a median salary of $46K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $34K to a high of $73K.

U.S. Army offers the smallest salaries in town — $37K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $24K to $68K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

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 pay less than market rate include Composite Materials. Most people familiar with 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. On average, Aircraft Mechanics make $54K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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