Helicopter Mechanic Salary

With more than half of Helicopter Mechanics in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $36K to $78K per year and averages out to $58K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Helicopter Mechanics. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,389 - $81,436
(Median)
$30K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $57,871
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90%

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$18.42 - $31.82
(Median)
$18
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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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$36,376 - $77,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.42 - $31.82  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $50.34  
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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$36,376 - $77,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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.


Helicopter Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $51K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Helicopter Mechanic with more than 20 years of experience can earn $69K on average.

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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 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
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 13%
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