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Mechanic Aircraft Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Aircraft Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $23.55 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Aircraft Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,066 - $75,637
(Median)
$33K
$51K
$76K
MEDIAN: $50,730
10%
50%
90%

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$15.60 - $30.99
(Median)
$16
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$33,066 - $75,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,598  
Profit Sharing
$236.75 - $1,250  
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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$33,804 - $73,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.60 - $30.99  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $46.83  
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 - $2,598  
   
Profit Sharing
$236.75 - $1,250  
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).
)
$33,804 - $73,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258

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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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Survey results show that Aircraft Mechanics typically report just a few professional skills. 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.


Aircraft Mechanics with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. Aircraft Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. 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 $59K.

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Experience Affects Mechanic Aircraft Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

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 61 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 17%