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Helicopter Mechanic Salary

Helicopter Mechanics in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $38K to $79K per year, median earnings come to $58K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Helicopter Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
$35,842 - $84,082
(Median)
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58K
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84K
MEDIAN: $58,475
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$19.15 - $31.41
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,842 - $84,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
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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$38,149 - $78,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.15 - $31.41  
   
Overtime
$27.00 - $58.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
   
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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$38,149 - $78,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $53K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $55K. Helicopter Mechanics bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Helicopter Mechanics reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%