Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.10 per hour nationwide. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Aircraft Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,287 - $79,541
$26K
$50K
$80K
MEDIAN: $49,556
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$15.30 - $33.68
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$26,287 - $79,541  
   
Bonus
$102.56 - $8,081  
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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$30,938 - $75,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $33.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$18.20  
Overtime
$20.38 - $49.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$102.56 - $8,081  
   
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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$30,938 - $75,229  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466

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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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For Aircraft Mechanics, progressing to an Aircraft Maintenance Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Aircraft Maintenance Manager can earn $75K annually. An Aircraft Mechanic may also move into a role as an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic or an Airframe & 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. Those at United Airlines, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $79K. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at Northrop Grumman Corporation ($58K), Aecom Corporation ($57K), and The Boeing Company ($52K).

Other low-paying employers include Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company at $39K and U.S. Air Force (USAF) at $43K, though some Aircraft Mechanics there earn up to $56K.

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 Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Industrial Hydraulics. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Pay by Experience for an Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 314 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 228 salaries. An experienced Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 177 salaries. An Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 136 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,089

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

For Aircraft Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Aircraft Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Palmdale (+39 percent), Seattle (+35 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and New York (+18 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Aircraft Mechanic's salary, with Miami Aircraft Mechanics earning salaries that are 35 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 27 percent less in Greensboro and 24 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

▲27%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$50,000

▼1%


▼2%


Industrial Hydraulics
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 15%