Median hourly wages of aircraft mechanics and service technicians
were about $24.71 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between
$20.25 and $29.25. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $15.85,
and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.19. Median hourly
wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of aircraft
mechanics and service technicians in May 2008 were:
air transportation $27.96
Federal Executive Branch 24.98
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 24.47
Nonscheduled air transportation 24.27
Support activities for air transportation 20.95
hourly wages of avionics technicians were about $23.71 in May 2008.
The middle 50 percent earned between $20.10 and $28.02. The lowest
10 percent earned less than $16.45, and the highest 10 percent earned
more than $30.87.
who work on jets for the major airlines generally earn more than
those working on other aircraft. Those who graduate from an aviation
maintenance technician school often earn higher starting salaries
than individuals who receive training in the Armed Forces or on
the job. Airline mechanics and their immediate families receive
reduced-fare transportation on their own and most other airlines.
3 in 10 aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians
are members of unions or covered by union agreements. The principal
unions are the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace
Workers and the Transport Workers Union of America. Some mechanics
are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.