Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

Mean Salary (US)


5-Year Job Growth


Source: JobsEQ®, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists. Data as of 2020Q1 except wages which are as of 2019

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What do Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians do?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), the U.S. Department of Labor’s principal fact- finding agency for the federal government in the field of labor, economics, and statistics that provides data on employment and wages, Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.


Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians typically do the following:

• Diagnose mechanical or electrical problems
• Repair wings, brakes, electrical systems, and other aircraft components
• Replace defective parts, using hand tools or power tools
• Examine replacement aircraft parts for defects
• Read maintenance manuals to identify repair procedures
• Test aircraft parts with gauges and other diagnostic equipment
• Inspect completed work to ensure that it meets performance standards
• Keep records of maintenance and repair work

Airplanes require reliable parts and maintenance in order to fly safely. To keep an airplane in operating condition, Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs, and complete inspections. They must follow detailed regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that dictate maintenance schedules for different operations.

Many mechanics are generalists and work on many different types of aircraft, such as jets, piston-driven airplanes, and helicopters. Others specialize in one section, such as the engine, hydraulic system, or electrical system, of a particular type of aircraft. In independent repair shops, mechanics usually inspect and repair many types of aircraft.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians,

How much do Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians get paid on average?*

According to JobsEQ, a labor market data provider developed by economists and data scientists, Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians made an annual average salary of $67,100 in 2019.

The top 25% of earners made $84,300 the bottom 25% of Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians earned $50,200 in 2019. Individuals who started out as an entry-level Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians in 2019 made $41,900 on average.

These numbers may vary based on geography and labor market.

Entry Level Mean Bottom 25% Top 25%

*Source: JobsEQ®. Wage data are as of 2019 and represent the average for all Covered Employment

Best-paying states for Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians**

According to the BLS, states and districts that pay Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians the highest average annual salary are Rhode Island ($81,690), Connecticut ($79,780), Nevada ($75,980) and Maryland ($74,750).

**Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”). Data as of May 2019

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Aircraft Mechanics and Technicians Job Outlook***

According to JobsEQ, there is a 2.3 percent projected increase for Aircraft Mechanics and Technicians over the next 5 years, and 137,029 expected aviation maintenance technician jobs in this field.

***Source: JobsEQ, Data as of 2020Q1, The shaded areas of the graph represent national recessions.

Aircraft Equipment Mechanics and Technicians Job Skills and Knowledge

According to O*NET Resource Center, people in this career often have these skills:

• Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
• Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
• Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
• Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
• Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

People in this career often know a lot about:

• Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
• English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
• Engineering and Technology – Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Source: O*NET Resource Center

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