Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.18 per hour. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,727 - $76,025
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,877
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$15.27 - $29.67
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,727 - $76,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $29.67  
   
Overtime
$23.68 - $45.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
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: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics usually report a few specific 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. As Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

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
21%
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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