Male Aviation Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.53 per hour in the United States. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Aviation Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,016 - $73,812
(Median)
$24K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,277
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$14.59 - $30.05
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,016 - $73,812  
   
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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$28,753 - $73,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $30.05  
   
Overtime
$23.75 - $45.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$28,753 - $73,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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At the upper end, Aviation Mechanics who move into an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $51K per year.

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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 beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. Aviation Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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