Aviation Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Aviation Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $21.33 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $15.16 per hour, and the top verges on $29.80. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,187 - $76,630
(Median)
$28K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $50,099
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50%
90%

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$15.16 - $29.80
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,187 - $76,630  
   
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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$31,294 - $73,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $29.80  
   
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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$31,294 - $73,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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.


For Aviation Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. On average, Aviation Mechanics make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $58K on average.

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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 17%
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