Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.13 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,634 - $76,522
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,755
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$15.28 - $29.66
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,634 - $76,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $2,035  
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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$32,027 - $71,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $29.66  
   
Overtime
$23.72 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $2,035  
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).
)
$32,027 - $71,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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Job Description for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

  • 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 Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic


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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Maintenance Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics who took the survey. Fortunate workers who know Troubleshooting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Maintenance, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

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


For many Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 33%

National Average
$51,000

Maintenance
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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