Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Men make up the majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $24.13 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Aircraft Mechanics is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,936 - $75,728

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$15.71 - $31.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,936 - $75,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
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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$34,367 - $74,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $31.93  
   
Overtime
$8.25 - $46.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,250  
   
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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$34,367 - $74,883  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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 it's unusual, some Aircraft Mechanics transition into jobs as Corporate Aircraft Mechanics. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $59K per year, though. However, it's more common for Aircraft Mechanics to move into roles as Jet Aircraft Mechanics or Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics.

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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 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Avionics are typically practiced in Maintenance, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanic Aircraft

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


For Aircraft Mechanics, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $48K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $43K. Aircraft Mechanics bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Avionics
up arrow 11%


National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 17%
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