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Aviation Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aviation Mechanics earn an average of $21.65 per hour. Most 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 numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$26,078 - $75,400
(Median)
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75K
MEDIAN: $48,362
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$15.00 - $30.52
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,078 - $75,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Total Pay (?
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$30,118 - $73,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $30.52  
   
Overtime
$18.06 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
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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$30,118 - $73,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Job Description for Aviation Mechanic

  • 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. On average, Aviation Mechanics make $55K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Experience Affects Aviation Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

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
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%