A sizeable majority of Aviation Maintenance Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $22.23 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,270 - $86,760
(Median)
$30K
$54K
$87K
MEDIAN: $54,097
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$15.30 - $36.84
(Median)
$15
$22
$37
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$30,270 - $86,760  
   
Bonus
$1,250  
Profit Sharing
$11,850  
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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$31,786 - $85,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $36.84  
   
Overtime
$20.28 - $56.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,850  
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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$31,786 - $85,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Job Description for Aviation Maintenance Technician

Aviation maintenance technicians work primarily for airlines and aircraft repair companies and work with a variety of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical components. Careful preventive and predictive maintenance must be carried out periodically, and it's important to ensure that calibration and other test equipment is working properly. Potential hazards should also be identified and resolved, and flight conditions are occasionally simulated when testing equipment.

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Aviation Maintenance Technician Tasks

  • Document maintenance, repairs, and status changes as directed by the FAA.
  • Assess all aspects of aircraft and equipment for airworthiness and FAA compliance.
  • Inspect, maintain, repair, and replace equipment and technical apparatus of aircraft.
  • Perform general cleaning and upkeep of hangar, equipment, and tools.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aviation Maintenance Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $42K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $52K. Aviation Maintenance Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $75K on average.

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Experience Affects Aviation Maintenance Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Aviation Maintenance Technician Salaries

Avionics
up arrow 29%

Maintenance
up arrow 11%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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