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Mechanic Aircraft Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $23.32 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Aircraft Mechanics stretch from $32K on the lower end to $71K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Mechanic Aircraft Salary (?
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$26,106 - $71,315
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MEDIAN: $47,398
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Mechanic Aircraft Salary (?
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$15.84 - $30.64
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,106 - $71,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$32,187 - $71,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.84 - $30.64  
   
Overtime
$18.23 - $45.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$32,187 - $71,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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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For Aircraft Mechanics who go on to become Corporate Aircraft Mechanics, career progression may result in a slight increase in compensation. Typically, a Corporate Aircraft Mechanic earns $58K annually. The most common promotion for Aircraft Mechanics is Jet Aircraft Mechanic, a position that typically pays $53K annually. Another standard transition for Aircraft Mechanics seeking advancement is to assume an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic role, where pay is often $47K.

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Job skills reported by Aircraft Mechanics are limited. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 8 percent respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Aircraft Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average. The majority of Aircraft Mechanics have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with 10 to 20 years under their belt.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 7%
National Average
$51,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
up arrow 13%
National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%