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Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary

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 $21.88 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.32 per hour on the low end to $31.09 on the high end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career duration and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Aircraft Mechanics is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,589 - $71,250
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,665
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$15.32 - $31.09
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,589 - $71,250  
   
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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$32,466 - $72,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $31.09  
   
Overtime
$20.40 - $47.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$32,466 - $72,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 620

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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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As Aircraft Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Aircraft Maintenance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Aircraft Maintenance Managers earn $74K on average per year. Becoming an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is, more often than not, the most common role that Aircraft Mechanics move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is $47K. Another frequent advance is for Aircraft Mechanics to assume an Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor role; in this role, workers often take home $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Employees at U.S. Air Force (USAF) enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $48K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $34K and higher ones not far away at only $58K.

With a median salary of only $39K, U.S. Army pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $27K to $54K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. Most people skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent in Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aircraft Mechanics make a median salary of $52K. Aircraft Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salaries



Electronic Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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