Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.15 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,696 - $75,550
(Median)
$28K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,667
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$15.45 - $30.63
(Median)
$15
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$27,696 - $75,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,825  
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$32,238 - $74,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $30.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$23.91 - $45.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,825  
   
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$32,238 - $74,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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Job Description for Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

The aircraft industry typically divides the non-passenger parts of planes into two major areas: the powerplant (the engine and internal propulsion and control systems and gauges) and the airframe (mostly external structures and components). An airframe & powerplant mechanic (A&P mechanic) is certified to perform almost all repair and maintenance work on airplanes and responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and repairing planes as needed. They may also diagnose any issues reported by pilots or flight crew upon landing.

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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Tasks

  • 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.

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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Maintenance Director. On average, Maintenance Directors get paid about the same as Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics do.

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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 31 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. 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 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 31%

National Average
$51,000

Maintenance
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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