Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $24.54 per hour nationwide. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Aircraft Mechanics is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,231 - $81,085
(Median)
$32K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,683
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90%

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$15.33 - $32.83
(Median)
$15
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,231 - $81,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
Profit Sharing
$725  
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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$33,402 - $76,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $32.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$16.80 - $48.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
   
Profit Sharing
$725  
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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$33,402 - $76,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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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As Aircraft Mechanics transition into upper-level roles like Corporate Aircraft Mechanics, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Corporate Aircraft Mechanics earn the same amount as Aircraft Mechanics on average. Becoming a Jet Aircraft Mechanic or an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic is, however, a more typical career progression for Aircraft Mechanics.

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Aircraft Mechanics usually report a few specific skills. Avionics and Maintenance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Avionics is often linked with knowledge of Maintenance.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Aircraft Mechanics make a median salary of $56K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries


Maintenance
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National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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