Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.73 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.51 per hour to $29.78. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. For the most part, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary (?
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$30,988 - $69,810
(Median)
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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 make advancements in their career path, salaries do not climb. It is not unusual for those in less important roles to make salaries that are similar to those in higher-end positions, such as Maintenance Director.

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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.
For many Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $49,604 after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $53K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics tend to earn $57K at this point in time. Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

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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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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%
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