A sizeable majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.69 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,520 - $76,691
(Median)
$24K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $46,818
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$15.89 - $31.33
(Median)
$16
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,520 - $76,691  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,238 - $74,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $31.33  
   
Overtime
$21.21 - $45.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$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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$31,238 - $74,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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 who go on to become Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic, an upper-level role, pays $51K.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. For some reason, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $54K.

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Experience Affects Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
up arrow 35%

National Average
$50,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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