Aviation Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aviation Mechanics earn an average of $21.33 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.12 per hour and $29.61. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Aviation Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,808 - $76,318

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$15.12 - $29.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,808 - $76,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$32,558 - $73,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $29.61  
   
Overtime
$17.80 - $41.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$32,558 - $73,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Aviation Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Aviation Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $58K.

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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 18%
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