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 $21.81 per hour nationwide. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.06 per hour to $31.70. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Aircraft Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,312 - $73,282
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,243
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$15.06 - $31.70
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,312 - $73,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,171  
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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$31,858 - $73,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $31.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$18.20  
Overtime
$18.56 - $46.82  
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 - $2,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $5,171  
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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$31,858 - $73,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 573
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Aircraft Maintenance Manager, where median compensation is $75K annually. An Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role is the most prevalent career advancement for Aircraft Mechanics. Paychecks for that role are $47K on average. The Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor position is another common transition for Aircraft Mechanics; in this role, salaries are typically at the $66K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


The Boeing Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $46K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $34K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $73K.

U.S. Army offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $37K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $68K.

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, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Composite Materials. The majority of those 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.


For Aircraft Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $58K, 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

Systems Troubleshooting
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Avionics
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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