Helicopter Mechanic Salary

Helicopter Mechanics in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K per year on average but can range from $27K to $80K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Helicopter Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,436 - $78,727
$23K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,900
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50%
90%

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$18.41 - $36.48
$18
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $26.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$23,436 - $78,727  
   
Bonus
$4,600  
Total Pay (?
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$27,317 - $80,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.41 - $36.48  
   
Overtime
$28.00 - $60.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,600  
   
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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$27,317 - $80,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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

  • 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 Helicopter Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Helicopter Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Helicopter Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 50 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Helicopter Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Helicopter Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 58 salaries. A Helicopter Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 28 salaries.

Helicopter Mechanic Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Helicopter Mechanic?

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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Key Stats for Helicopter Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲12%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$54,000

Systems Troubleshooting
▼7%

Maintenance
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 13%
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