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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.73 per hour. In the world of Aircraft Mechanics, total cash compensation can vary between $32K and $71K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $4K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Aircraft Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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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  
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  
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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Aircraft Maintenance Manager. Aircraft Maintenance Managers bring home $73K per year on average. More often than not, an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role is the next step for Aircraft Mechanics moving up in the field. Pay for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics is usually $47K. Many Aircraft Mechanics choose to take on an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role instead, where salaries are typically $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Employees of The Boeing Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $51K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $37K to $73K.
U.S. Army offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $39K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $27K to $54K. U.S. Navy is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Survey results imply that Aircraft Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Aircraft Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $41K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $56K on average. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — one-half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in four 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 just over one in five.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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With a pay rate for Aircraft Mechanics that is 47 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Seattle, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Jacksonville and Greensboro also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

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$49,000

Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries

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Electronic Troubleshooting
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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%