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 $21.82 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $15.29 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $30.98. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The majority of Aircraft Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,630 - $73,197

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$15.29 - $30.98

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,630 - $73,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
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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$32,409 - $72,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.29 - $30.98  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $46.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
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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$32,409 - $72,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 588
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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. The average Aircraft Maintenance Manager brings home $74K per year. Aircraft Mechanics go on to become Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $47K. Aircraft Mechanics who move into an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $65K.

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Although the highest salaries can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF) where median pay is $48K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $34K and $58K.

While select U.S. Army employees may bring in up to $54K, a median salary of only $39K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

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 pay less than market rate include Composite Materials. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $57K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
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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