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Aviation Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Aviation Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.05 per hour nationwide. The pay spectrum stretches from $15.04 per hour to $29.94. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$26,568 - $76,399
(Median)
$27K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,773
10%
50%
90%

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$15.04 - $29.94
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,568 - $76,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$30,664 - $73,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$17.73 - $41.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$30,664 - $73,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Aviation Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. For Aviation Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. 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 $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 15%
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