Aviation Mechanic Salary
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.
|Salary||$23,491 - $73,289|
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|$26,720 - $73,577|
|Hourly Rate||$14.73 - $30.21|
|Overtime||$24.47 - $46.42|
|Total Pay (||$26,720 - $73,577|
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.Read More...
One of the key elements of the aviation mechanic's job is the inspection of all airplanes, both before and after they fly. Typically the mechanic works from a checklist, but he or she may incorporate any input from flight crews within the inspection as well. The mechanic will note all areas checked and any sub-standard findings that need attention. All inspections are also typically logged and signed by the mechanic.
To work as an aviation mechanic, a person will typically seek out training after high school in a technical school that specializes in the subject. Mechanics will normally specialize in aircraft, from larger jets to smaller turboprop aircraft. Most jurisdictions also require aviation mechanics to possess proper certification for the craft they are assigned to work with. Aviation mechanics may have to work mornings, afternoons, and/or evenings depending on the job assignment.
Aviation Mechanic Tasks
- Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
- Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.
- Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
- Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.
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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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