Helicopter Mechanics in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K per year on average but can range from $29K to $77K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Helicopter Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$22,550 - $76,658
(Median)
$23K
$51K
$77K
MEDIAN: $51,462
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$18.07 - $35.20
(Median)
$18
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$22,550 - $76,658  
   
Bonus
$2,457  
Total Pay (?
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$29,245 - $77,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.07 - $35.20  
   
Overtime
$27.52 - $59.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,457  
   
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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$29,245 - $77,306  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Helicopter Mechanic

Helicopter mechanics are responsible for maintaining and repairing these airborne vehicles to ensure the safety of operators and passengers alike. They typically respond to any issues raised by pilots after a flight to troubleshoot potential problems, and they also perform routine inspections and document all findings whether or not problems were discovered. Any repairs and preventive maintenance must also be fully documented by the mechanic for inspection when licensing and ensuring the flight-worthiness of the craft throughout its lifespan.

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Helicopter 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 Helicopter Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Helicopter Mechanics. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $45K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $51K. Helicopter Mechanics see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Helicopter Mechanics who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $71K.

Helicopter Mechanic Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Helicopter Mechanic in Medford:
"On the job experience."
In my experience on the job experience is more valuable than schooling. If you can get a job with no a&p license and just go to work, the few years you'll spend in the shops rather than at school will pay you more, gain more aircraft specific experience, and will give you a leg up on new hires with a license because of your years of experience at the job place. If this is not an option then a good school and an a&p license to start is a great way to go. I went the OJT route, spent 3 years in the hangar and then got my license and was hired into the field. I had many crew chiefs be impressed with my knowledge and experience over the other new guys with schooling. Soak up what you can and work over time to offset any difference in pay during your non license years, it'll pay off in not having student loans and the extra pay because of experience.

Helicopter Mechanic in West Palm Beach:
"The importance of Attendance."
Take responsibility for your actions and, most important, come to work on time.

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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%

Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$54,000

Maintenance
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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