Aviation Mechanic Salary

Aviation Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.74 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Aviation Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,666 - $72,904
$24K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,585
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$15.15 - $30.63
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,666 - $72,904  
   
Bonus
$1,850  
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
Total Pay (?
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$27,228 - $73,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $30.63  
   
Overtime
$25.22 - $46.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
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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$27,228 - $73,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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Job Description for Aviation Mechanic

An aviation mechanic is a person who typically can be found working at an airport, although airplane manufacturing facilities may have this position available as well. The mechanic is typically employed either by the airport itself or a commercial freight or passenger airline. The primary role of the mechanic is to help ensure the safe operation of all planes under his or her care. This involves performing pre- and post-flight inspections of all aircraft, as well as executing regular maintenance and repairs as necessary.

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Aviation Mechanic Tasks

  • Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
  • Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.
  • Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
  • Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.

Common Career Paths for Aviation Mechanic


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As Aviation Mechanics transition into upper-level roles like Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics earn the same amount as Aviation Mechanics on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aviation Mechanic

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Key Stats for Aviation Mechanic

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Late-Career
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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