$55,541
Avg. Salary
$23.84
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,969

Bonus

$2,431

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Aircraft And Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic is $23.84 per hour.

The average pay for an Aircraft And Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic is $55,541 per year.

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MEDIAN $55,541
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$0$86K
Salary $33,586 - $86,442
Bonus $412 - $6,101
Profit Sharing $370 - $11,792
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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$35,400 - $77,614
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 571
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $16.56 - $33.48
Hourly Tips $0.48
Overtime $24.60 - $49.21
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $412 - $6,101
Profit Sharing $370 - $11,792
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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$35,400 - $77,614
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,122

Job Description

An aircraft and powerplant (A&P) mechanic works on the airframe and engine sections of commercial and private airplanes. They normally do not work on the telemetry, electronics, and other computer-related gear in the cockpit.

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Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic 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.


Many Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics can be found at U.S. Air Force (USAF), The Boeing Company, Expressjet Airlines, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., and Delta Air Lines Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Although United Airlines, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $72K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $34K or as much as $91K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider American Airlines, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and L-3 Communications, top-paying firms where Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics rake in a $71K, $69K, or $63K, respectively.

Expressjet Airlines, Inc., Duncan Aviation, Inc., and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $48K for all three.

Common Career Paths


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Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics who transition into an upper level Aircraft Maintenance Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Aircraft Maintenance Technician makes $53K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 624 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 395 salaries. An experienced Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 382 salaries. An Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 339 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,170

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics, 14 percent higher than the national average. Aircraft and Powerplant Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Anchorage (+11 percent). Jacksonville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Cleveland and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic?

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Abilene:
"Nothing to jump up for joy about."
Pros: A complete lack of traffic
Cons: The lack of diversity

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Greenville:
"Great career, awesome co-workers."
Pros: I have great co-workers. They're fun to be around, and are very knowledgeable. They make the job something to look forward to every day. My supervisor is off-site, so he doesn't look over my shoulder. He trusts me to do what is expected of me, but is always just a call away if I need anything.
Cons: Traffic

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Orlando:
Pros: Warm weather
Cons: Hot weather and high humidity

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Charleston:
"Alright."
Pros: Location
Cons: Expensive

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Little Rock:
"A&P Job."
Pros: Traffic is minimal, there's several parks and trails to enjoy.
Cons: Hot and humid during the summer cold during the winter.

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Bridgeport:
"A&P Mechanic, 2 years experience."
Pros: Always something different. Challenging.
Cons: High amount of responsibility and work for an amount of pay that is less than desirable.

Aircraft and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic in Temple Terrace:
"Job policy."
Keep every job is done in record and all the works performance. And get yo know the aircraft certificate and registration. And what type of certification , and what country the aircraft been registrated.

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5-9 years
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10-19 years
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20 years or more
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How Experience Affects Salaries

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How Skills Affect Salaries

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▼3%

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▼3%

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▼4%

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▼9%

hydraulics
▼15%

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▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 20%