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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (United States)

Male Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.73 per hour in the United States. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (?
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$30,988 - $69,810
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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  
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  
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 transition into upper-level roles, like Maintenance Director, they may not see a turn in salary. a Maintenance Director usually earns the same amount as Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics.

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Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Troubleshooting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 34 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance.

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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

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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%