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Mechanic Aircraft Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $23.55 per hour. Cash earnings for Aircraft Mechanics — including $3K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $73K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aircraft Mechanics. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Mechanic Aircraft Salary (?
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$30,213 - $72,560
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MEDIAN: $48,747
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Mechanic Aircraft Salary (?
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$15.67 - $31.41
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,213 - $72,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $1,973  
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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$33,081 - $72,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.67 - $31.41  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $46.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $1,973  
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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$33,081 - $72,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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.

Common Career Paths for Mechanic Aircraft

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Though it's uncommon, some Aircraft Mechanics move into roles as Corporate Aircraft Mechanics, where median income is $58K per year. With an annual salary of $53K, Jet Aircraft Mechanic is the most common role for Aircraft Mechanics to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role — which usually pays $47K — is also typical for Aircraft Mechanics, though less common by comparison.

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Aircraft Mechanics usually report a few specific skills. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. On average, Aircraft Mechanics make $55K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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National Average
$51,000
Los Angeles
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For those looking to make money, Aircraft Mechanics in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
5%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%