Men represent the vast majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.31 per hour nationwide. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Aircraft Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,088 - $79,217
$28K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,658
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$15.25 - $33.43
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$33
MEDIAN: $22.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,088 - $79,217  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $7,796  
Profit Sharing
$1,372  
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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$31,020 - $75,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.25 - $33.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$18.20  
Overtime
$20.65 - $47.59  
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
$102.56 - $7,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,372  
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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$31,020 - $75,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 464

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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

  • Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
  • Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.
  • Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
  • Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.

Common Career Paths for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


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At the upper end, Aircraft Mechanics who move into an Aircraft Maintenance Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Aircraft Maintenance Managers is a much higher $75K per year. It is not unusual for an Aircraft Mechanic 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Aircraft Mechanics. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $58K on average. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at Aecom Corporation ($57K), The Boeing Company ($54K), and U.S. Army ($46K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company at $39K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $43K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aircraft Mechanics there earn up to $56K.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Aircraft Mechanics report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, Avionics, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Industrial Hydraulics. Most people skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

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


Aircraft Mechanics with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $50K. On average, Aircraft Mechanics make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Aircraft Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,389

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Aircraft Mechanics that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palmdale (+38 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Tucson (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Aircraft Mechanics earning much less — 38 percent less — than the national average. Greensboro and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 27 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries


Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Avionics
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National Average
$50,000



Industrial Hydraulics
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 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
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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