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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.13 per hour. Most Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,866 - $77,419
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,919
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$15.38 - $29.88
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,866 - $77,419  
   
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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$32,456 - $72,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.38 - $29.88  
   
Overtime
$23.74 - $45.43  
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 - $2,023  
   
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).
)
$32,456 - $72,696  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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 sometimes move into a Maintenance Director role, where the salary is similar.

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Professional skills reported by Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Troubleshooting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 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 Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. For Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. 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 3%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 32%

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
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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