Helicopter Mechanic Salary

Helicopter Mechanics in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $51K per year, but may range from $28K to $79K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Helicopter Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$22,820 - $76,321
$23K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $51,079
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$18.16 - $35.36
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$35
MEDIAN: $26.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$22,820 - $76,321  
   
Bonus
$503 - $24,832  
Total Pay (?
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$27,527 - $78,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $35.36  
   
Overtime
$28.85 - $59.21  
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Bonus
$503 - $24,832  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,527 - $78,622  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Helicopter Mechanics. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $70K.

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 19 votes.
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Troubleshooting
▼1%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼8%

Maintenance
▼15%

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
34%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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