Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.73 per hour. Pay starts at $15.51 per hour and can approach $29.78 on the higher side. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (?
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$30,988 - $69,810
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,676
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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (?
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$15.51 - $29.78
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,988 - $69,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,000  
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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$32,931 - $70,740  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 55
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $29.78  
   
Overtime
$23.82 - $45.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,000  
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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$32,931 - $70,740  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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, salaries do not climb. It is not unusual for those in less important roles to make salaries that are similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Maintenance Director.

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Pay by Experience Level for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $44K, increasing to $49,604 after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $53K. As Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $57K. The majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 3%
National Average
$50,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 34%
National Average
$50,000
Maintenance
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 16%
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