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 $21.86 per hour. Pay ranges from $15.28 per hour on the low end to $31.06 on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,484 - $73,715
(Median)
$30K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,709
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$15.28 - $31.06
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,484 - $73,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,049  
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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$32,366 - $73,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $31.06  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $47.16  
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 - $2,049  
   
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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$32,366 - $73,289  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 607
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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. 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


Although U.S. Air Force (USAF) offers the highest salaries (median pay is $48K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $34K to $58K.

Bringing up the rear, U.S. Army's median pay of $39K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $54K.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Survey results suggest that Aircraft Mechanics put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


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 $49K. Aircraft Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. 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 $58K 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



Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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National Average
$49,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 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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