Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Salary
|Salary||$26,991 - $80,595|
|Bonus||$456.15 - $7,964|
|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).)
|$31,701 - $77,358|
|Hourly Rate||$15.83 - $33.81|
|Overtime||$20.79 - $49.97|
|Bonus||$456.15 - $7,964|
|Total Pay (||$31,701 - $77,358|
Job Description for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician
Aircraft mechanics/service technicians are responsible for all aspects of the care and maintenance of aircraft. They provide both urgent maintenance to address specific issues and continued general care to ensure aircraft remain in good condition.Read More...
Aircraft mechanics inspect planes for proper function, including checking hydraulics, electronics, exhaust systems, and landing gear. They ensure proper de-icing before flight, as well as install ancillary equipment such as extra fuel tanks or towing gear. When a plane experiences difficulties, they troubleshoot problems and use standard mechanic tools to determine the issue and make necessary repairs, if possible. In some cases, specialists may be needed to repair more delicate or specialized aircraft components. For general maintenance, aircraft mechanics ensure periodic standard maintenance and corrosion prevention occurs. They monitor fluid levels, as well as test fuel for contamination and proper mix proportions. Aircraft mechanics must maintain proper records of all maintenance activities to ensure all procedures occur as scheduled.
Aircraft mechanics work in a repair shop environment, generally at an airport. They use hand tools as well as some heavy equipment, and they may work with a team to troubleshoot aircraft issues in a timely manner. They work with some dangerous equipment and chemicals in a busy environment with moving equipment, people, and aircraft.
Aircraft mechanics typically are required to have some experience in repair work and with using hand tools. There is wide latitude in responsibilities and amount of supervision in the field, with higher level aircraft mechanics requiring years of experience in some cases. Some aircraft mechanics may be required to hold specific Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications to perform specialized work on airframes or power plant systems. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Tasks
- Perform preventative, regularly scheduled, and unexpected maintenance on aircraft.
- Service aircraft according to all FAA regulations.
- Document inspection and test results and maintain a repair log.
- Inspect aircraft integrity and perform post-maintenance tests.
Common Career Paths for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician
Aircraft Mechanics who transition into an Aircraft Maintenance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $75K per year. It is not uncommon for an Aircraft Mechanic to continue on to become an Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanic or an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic.
Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician Job Listings
Popular Employer Salaries for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician
U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are top-notch employers for Aircraft Mechanics in this area. Aircraft Mechanics seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at United Airlines, Inc., where the average salary comes to $79K. Also paying near the top of the field are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $58K, Aecom Corporation at $57K, and The Boeing Company, where Aircraft Mechanics annually earn $52K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company at $39K, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) where $43K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aircraft Mechanics there earn up to $56K.
Popular Skills for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician
Survey results imply that Aircraft Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Industrial Hydraulics, Composite Materials, and Avionics. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in Troubleshooting.
Pay by Experience Level for Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician
Pay by Experience for an Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 314 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 228 salaries. An experienced Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 177 salaries. An Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 136 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Aircraft Mechanics, Houston provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Aircraft Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Palmdale (+37 percent), Seattle (+33 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Aircraft Mechanics in Miami make 36 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Greensboro and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (28 percent less and 25 percent less, respectively).
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