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 $21.87 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.31 per hour to $31.08. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. 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 in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,320 - $72,916
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,616
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$15.31 - $31.08
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,320 - $72,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
Profit Sharing
$115.40 - $5,022  
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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$32,360 - $73,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $31.08  
   
Overtime
$20.80 - $47.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$115.40 - $5,022  
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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$32,360 - $73,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 606
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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 $74K per year. As Aircraft Mechanics progress in their field, many go on to become Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $47K. Another common career choice for Aircraft Mechanics is to move into an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role — this promotion usually pays $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Salary cannot be beat at U.S. Air Force (USAF), where median pay comes to $48K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $34K, and the higher end is not far away at $58K.

U.S. Army is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $39K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $27K while workers on the upper end may rake in $54K.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Aircraft Mechanics report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Composite Materials. 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $57K.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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