Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $22.23 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,634 - $76,522

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$15.34 - $29.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,634 - $76,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $1,400  
Total Pay (?
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$32,166 - $71,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $29.54  
   
Overtime
$23.33 - $44.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $1,400  
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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$32,166 - $71,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. For Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. 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%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 33%

National Average
$51,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
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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