Aviation Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.59 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,491 - $73,289
$23K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,016
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50%
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$14.73 - $30.21
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,491 - $73,289  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$2,150  
Total Pay (?
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$26,720 - $73,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.73 - $30.21  
   
Overtime
$24.47 - $46.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$26,720 - $73,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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

  • 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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Aviation Mechanics may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic, which pays $51K on average annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Aviation Mechanic

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. Aviation Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. Aviation Mechanics who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $54K.

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Key Stats for Aviation Mechanic

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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