Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Male Aircraft Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $23.71 per hour in the United States. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Aircraft Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,600 - $74,936
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,809
10%
50%
90%

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$15.41 - $31.33
(Median)
$15
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,600 - $74,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
Profit Sharing
$23.91 - $1,474  
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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$33,718 - $73,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.41 - $31.33  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $46.41  
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 - $2,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$23.91 - $1,474  
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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$33,718 - $73,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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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Although some Aircraft Mechanics become Corporate Aircraft Mechanic, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $59K. A more common career path for Aircraft Mechanics is stepping into the role of Jet Aircraft Mechanic or Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic.

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Professional skills reported by Aircraft Mechanics are few in number. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Aircraft Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Aircraft Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $55K. Aircraft Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $59K.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
up arrow 15%

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 18%
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