Helicopter Mechanic Salary

The majority of Helicopter Mechanics in the United States — a little more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $78K per year, and the median is $57K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Helicopter Mechanics. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,818 - $80,952

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$18.44 - $31.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,818 - $80,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$36,001 - $77,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $31.79  
   
Overtime
$27.40 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
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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$36,001 - $77,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Helicopter 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 Helicopter Mechanic

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


For Helicopter Mechanics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During the first five years of their careers, Helicopter Mechanics see a median income of $50K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $53K. Helicopter Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Helicopter Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $69K.

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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 13%
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