Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.73 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $15.13 per hour to $30.30. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the specific company. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Aircraft Mechanics is high. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (?
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$30,071 - $71,985
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MEDIAN: $47,899
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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (?
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$15.13 - $30.30
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,071 - $71,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,122  
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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$32,383 - $71,076  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$20.19 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,122  
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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$32,383 - $71,076  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 722
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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 may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Aircraft Maintenance Manager can offer an extra $25K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. Going from Aircraft Mechanic to Mechanic Aircraft is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $1,594. Many others choose to work as Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, where pay actually goes down by $1,774.

Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Aircraft Mechanics seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where typical salaries come to $50,739, though the large difference in pay between employees at the top ($37K) and those starting out ($77K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is U.S. Army, where the median salary is just $39,016. U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42,803 and $47,977-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Aircraft Mechanics generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Avionics and Systems Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 7 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Composite Materials. For most people, competency in Maintenance indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Aircraft Mechanics, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $41K, they climb to $48K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $53K. As Aircraft Mechanics reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $56K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one in five. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Detroit
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Los Angeles
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Tulsa
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Oklahoma City
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National Average
$49,000
Everett
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Wichita
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Jacksonville
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Aircraft Mechanics will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Dallas, where Aircraft Mechanics annually earn 19 percent, 15 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Seattle is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Greensboro (-12 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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