Aircraft Mechanic Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Aircraft mechanics in the United States have a mean pay of $61,901, while those in Canada earn C$50,000 ($39,260 USD) on a mean basis. The mean stands at £24,780 ($32,515 USD) for those in the United Kingdom and AU$63,062 ($48,149 USD) for aircraft mechanics in Australia.

In New Zealand, the mean comes to NZD$60,000 ($41,325 USD). Mechanics garner on average INR628,334 ($9,613.95 USD) in India and R216,399 ($14,938 USD) in South Africa.

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How Much Does an Aircraft Mechanic Make per Year by State?

Aircraft Mechanic SalaryUSCanadaUKAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Hourly Pay$29.42C$21.64£11.91AU$30.32NZD$28.85INR302.08R104.04
Annual Pay$61,190C$50,000£24,780AU$63,062NZD$60,000INR628,334R216,399

Aircraft Mechanic Salary Influencing Factors

Generally, aircraft mechanics earn on the basis of their experience and seniority, with more years on the job translating to higher pay. Membership in a union or the armed services and location of work can also shape the earnings and benefits of aircraft mechanics.

1. Location

In terms of U.S. dollars, U.S. aircraft mechanics lead the way in salaries, while those in India and South Africa tend to lag well behind the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in the US?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary USPer YearPer Hour
Bonus$496.85 to $8,129$0.24 t0 $3.91
OvertimeNo additional pay$21.81 to $51.08
Total Pay$32,070 to $78,134

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in Canada?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary CanadaPer YearPer Hour
Bonus No additional pay No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payC$31.43
Total PayC$31,544 to C$74,278

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in the UK?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary UKPer YearPer Hour
OvertimeNo additional pay£14.25
Total Pay£18,921 to £39,335

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in Australia?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary AustraliaPer YearPer Hour
BonusNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayAU$47,000 to AU$148,994

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in New Zealand?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary New ZealandPer YearPer Hour
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayNZD$28,000 to NZD$130,000

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in India?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary IndiaPer YearPer Hour
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayINR492,651 to INR754,229

How Much Does a Aircraft Mechanic Make in South Africa?

Aircraft Mechanic Salary South AfricaPer YearPer Hour
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayR145,211 to R363,776

2. Experience

According to PayScale, the entry-level median pay is $41,000 for aircraft mechanics in the United States. The median rises to $50,000 between five to ten years, $57,000 from ten to 20 years, and $64,000 beyond 20 years of experience.

In Canada, the median starts at C$37,000 for entry-level mechanics and peaks at C$67,000 at ten years of experience. Afterwards, median pay slides to C$53,000.

Entry-level mechanics in the United Kingdom earn 23,000 on a median basis. The figure jumps to 34,000 after 10 years and then slips to 33,000 for mechanics with more than 20 years experience.

For mechanics in Australia with ten to 20 years of experience, pay runs nine percent above the national average. Entry-level ones earn 20 percent less than average.

In New Zealand, mechanics in apprenticeships and otherwise without qualifications make from NZD$28,000 to NZD$40,000. At the three to four-year level, pay runs between NZD$40,000 and NZD$60,000. Aircraft mechanics with six years or more work experience and a senior position fetch earnings of NZD$60,000 to NZD$80,000. Management roles result in pay running from NZD$70,000 to NZD$130,000.

In India, entry-level to three years of experience results in an annual mean salary of INR4,92,651, while mechanics with eight or more years make on average INR7,54,299. Aircraft mechanics in South Africa with ten years of experience make ten percent above the national average.

3. Industry

Unions represent sizable numbers of aircraft mechanics. In Canada, four out of ten workers in the sector that includes aircraft mechanics belong to unions, compared with 30 percent overall. The Aviation Union of Southern Africa represents most aviation workers, including aircraft mechanics, in South America and numbered 2,200 members in 2004.

Aircraft mechanic salaries also differ by economic sector. In the United States, those in “Courier and Express Delivery Services” earn a mean salary of $97,830. In the “Scheduled Air Transportation” sector, which includes passenger airlines, the mean pay comes in at $71,250.

The armed services employ many aircraft mechanics. In the United Kingdom, a mechanic gets an initial post-training salary of 18,489 per year. The figure stands at AU$54,669 per year for mechanics in the Australian military. Glassdoor reports a mean base salary of $46,497 for mechanics in the United States Air Force.

Bonuses & Benefits

The United States and Canada have generally high rates of aircraft mechanics with health benefits. According to PayScale, roughly eight out of ten in the countries have medical benefits and seven in ten enjoy dental insurance. As to vision, the rates are 65 percent for U.S. mechanics and 45 percent in Canada.

According to PayScale, roughly two-thirds of aircraft mechanics in Australia have medical and dental benefits, while a third receive vision insurance. In India, 56 percent receive medical benefits and 44 percent go without any employer-provided health benefits.

Mechanics or technicians in the military may earn particular allowances. For example, the Australian military affords technicians a “service allowance” of AU$13,144 per year. Those in the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force can earn benefits such as discounts on higher education, subsidies for housing and food and completion of apprenticeships or other qualification courses for free.

Six out of ten aircraft mechanics in South Africa receive no health benefits. Among those that do, medical coverage goes to only 38 percent. Only six out of every 100 mechanics enjoy vision and dental benefits.

Schedule and Work Hours

Aircraft mechanics generally work full-time. In the United States, shifts normally run eight hours at a time. These professionals can expect weekend work and may log overtime.

In Canada, 99 percent of mechanics work full-time. Australia’s aircraft mechanic engineers average 39.4 hours per week.

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of “Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians” should rise by about 5 percent through 2026. This translates to 6,400 openings. The outsourcing of mechanics services by airlines may contribute to lower job growth than in all occupations. However, the United States could see as much as a nine percent gap in supply and demand of mechanics by 2027, according to Forbes.

According to Job Outlook Australia, that country should have 8,900 jobs in 2020. The figure represents a decline from the 9,800 aircraft maintenance engineers employed in 2015.

The New Zealand Government rates the employment outlook as “Average,” since the aircraft mechanic field experiences relatively little job turnover. This means fewer job openings for aspiring mechanics. As the country’s largest employer of aircraft mechanics, Air New Zealand usually accepts 50 trainees annually.

Shortages in skilled aircraft mechanics may sustain the demand for these workers. Engineering News reports from a 2014 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook that the aircraft industry will need 580,000 technicians globally over the next 20 years to service aircraft. An estimated 19,000 will be needed to fill the demand in Africa in that 20-year period.

The Indian Institute of Aircraft Engineering predicts that passenger numbers in India will rise from 80 million to 300 million over a five-year period.


Overall, salaries of aircraft mechanics increase with more work experience and seniority. These workers can earn benefits especially by working in union and military settings. Prospects for finding work may increase as the growth of aircraft manufacturing and travel create or exacerbate shortages in qualified mechanics.

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