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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 $21.86 per hour nationwide. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $15.30 per hour and $31.16. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Aircraft Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,572 - $71,376
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,622
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$15.30 - $31.16
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,572 - $71,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,033  
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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$32,383 - $72,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $31.16  
   
Overtime
$20.31 - $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 - $2,033  
   
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).
)
$32,383 - $72,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 621
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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 who transition into an Aircraft Maintenance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $74K 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.

Offering a median of only $39K, U.S. Army pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $27K on the lower end and $54K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician


Survey results imply that Aircraft Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Composite Materials. Those proficient in Maintenance are, more often than not, 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $48K. For Aircraft Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $57K.

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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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