Helicopter Mechanic Salary

Helicopter Mechanics in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over one-half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $56K annually, but may range from $36K to $79K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Helicopter Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,974 - $81,436
(Median)
$29K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,336
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$18.67 - $32.93
(Median)
$19
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$28,974 - $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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$36,136 - $79,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.67 - $32.93  
   
Overtime
$28.16 - $50.13  
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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$36,136 - $79,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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

  • 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $48K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $54K on average. Helicopter Mechanics bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $69K.

Helicopter Mechanic Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Helicopter Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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