Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Aircraft Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $23.79 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Aircraft Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,488 - $78,614
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,809
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$15.43 - $31.67
(Median)
$15
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,488 - $78,614  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
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 - $74,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $31.67  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $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 - $2,068  
   
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).
)
$33,718 - $74,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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 report just a handful of professional skills. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

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


Aircraft Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Aircraft Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. 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 $60K on average.

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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 20%

Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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