Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.73 per hour. Pay begins at $15.13 per hour on the low end and climbs to $30.30 near the top. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $2,517 from bonuses and more than $4,122 from profit sharing—stretch from around $30,071 to approximately $71,985. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Most Aircraft Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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  
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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. Aircraft Mechanics go on to become Mechanic Aircrafts more often than anything else, where paychecks are higher by $1,594. Aircraft Mechanics will find lower salaries (-$1,774) when they move into an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role, another well-traveled path for those in this field.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

The biggest paychecks can be found at The Boeing Company—the median salary there is $50,739; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $37K and climbing to $77K.
U.S. Army reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $39,016) but some workers make up to $54,289, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Workers at U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $42,803 and $47,977, respectively.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Aircraft Mechanics report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Avionics and Systems Troubleshooting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 7 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Composite Materials. Most people who know Maintenance also know Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Aircraft Mechanics can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $41K to $48K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $53K. After 20 years in the field, Aircraft Mechanics see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $56K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 22 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Aircraft Mechanics in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Dallas are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Aircraft Mechanics earning around 19 percent, 15 percent, 15 percent, and 10 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Seattle, 14 percent below the national average. 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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$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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