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Helicopter Mechanic Salary

More than half of Helicopter Mechanics in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36K to $78K per year, but median earnings come to around $57K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of Helicopter Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,389 - $81,436
(Median)
$30K
$57K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,497
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50%
90%

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$18.38 - $31.90
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,389 - $81,436  
   
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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$36,267 - $78,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $31.90  
   
Overtime
$27.40 - $50.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$36,267 - $78,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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 their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $52K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $53K. Helicopter Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $69K.

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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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