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 $22.81 per hour nationwide. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,125 - $78,847
$27K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,001
10%
50%
90%

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$15.45 - $33.92
$15
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $22.81
10%
50%
90%

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$0$78K
Salary $27,125 - $78,847
Bonus $500 - $6,700
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$31,233 - $76,874
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 273
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $15.45 - $33.92
Overtime $20.99 - $49.97
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $500 - $6,700
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$31,233 - $76,874
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 546

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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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Aircraft Mechanics may progress into high-paying roles like Aircraft Maintenance Manager, where median compensation is $75K annually. Becoming an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic or an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is a common transition from an Aircraft Mechanic role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Aircraft Mechanics include U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. United Airlines, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $79K. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aecom Corporation, and The Boeing Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Aircraft Mechanics earning around $58K, $57K, or $52K at each firm, respectively.

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 imply that Aircraft Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. 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 and Composite Materials. For most people, competency in Maintenance indicates knowledge of 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: $50,549

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

Home to some of the best pay for Aircraft Mechanics, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 49 percent above the national average. Aircraft Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Palmdale (+38 percent), Seattle (+34 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Aircraft Mechanics in Miami earning a whopping 36 percent below the national average. Workers in Greensboro and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (27 percent less and 25 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$51,000

▼2%



▼3%

Industrial Hydraulics
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 15%
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