Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic Salary

An Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic earns an average wage of $23.15 per hour. A skill in Troubleshooting is associated with high pay for this job.
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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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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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