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Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Men account for the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $23.83 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Aircraft Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,041 - $75,442
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,900
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90%

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$15.53 - $31.15
(Median)
$16
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,041 - $75,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,540  
Profit Sharing
$236.75 - $1,250  
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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$33,609 - $73,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.53 - $31.15  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $46.96  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,540  
   
Profit Sharing
$236.75 - $1,250  
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).
)
$33,609 - $73,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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Job Description for Mechanic Aircraft

Aircraft mechanics typically work closely with other aircraft staff to keep them informed of a given plane's status. They often perform repairs on aircraft that have been damaged during flight, as well as general maintenance depending on what a plane may need. They also keep an eye on parts which are known to break easily, and generally maintain the aircraft's electrical, mechanical and structural integrity.

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Mechanic Aircraft Tasks

  • Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance.
  • Perform preflight, thru-flight, and post-flight maintenance inspections.
  • Examine and inspect aircraft components to locate problems.
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, technical data, engineering data, and other specifications.

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Aircraft Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

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


For Aircraft Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $43K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $48K. On average, Aircraft Mechanics make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Aircraft Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $59K.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
up arrow 14%

Maintenance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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