Aviation Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Aviation Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.20 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.21 per hour and $30.43. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and the greater part have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Aviation Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,595 - $75,498
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,422
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$15.21 - $30.43
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,595 - $75,498  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$31,134 - $73,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $30.43  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $41.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$31,134 - $73,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Aviation Mechanic

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


Aviation Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. For Aviation Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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