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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.96 per hour nationwide. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,866 - $72,617
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,850
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$15.34 - $29.78
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,866 - $72,617  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
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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$32,359 - $71,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $29.78  
   
Overtime
$23.80 - $45.40  
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 - $2,018  
   
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).
)
$32,359 - $71,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172

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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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As Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Maintenance Director position pays around the same amount as the Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic job on average.

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Survey takers who work as Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Troubleshooting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Those listing Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

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


For Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics make a median salary of $52K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $57K.

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Experience Affects Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 33%

National Average
$50,000

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
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%