Most commercial airline passengers would probably want the people looking after the planes they travel on to be well paid. After all, it's a highly-skilled and extremely important job. Although top-earning jet mechanics can earn considerably more than the national average wage, their salaries are by no means stratospheric.
Before discussing what top-earning jet mechanics take home, it's useful to get an idea of the average salary in the profession. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, aircraft mechanics and service technicians earned a mean annual wage of $55,690, or $26.78 an hour, as of May 2012. The median earnings for these workers was $55,210 a year, or $26.55 an hour. To put this into context, the average American made a mean wage of $45,790 a year, or $22.01 an hour, as of May 2012.
The best-paid 10 percent of aircraft mechanics and service technicians in the country made at least $76,660 a year, or $36.86 an hour, as of May 2012, BLS figures show. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $35,190 or less, or $16.92 an hour.
The best-paid aircraft mechanics and service technicians specialized in the electric power generation, transmission and distribution sector, in May 2012. According to BLS numbers, they earned an annual mean salary of $82,440, or $39.63 an hour. The next best-paying sectors were insurance carriers followed by couriers and express delivery services, paying a typical annual wage of $76,020 and $74,700, respectively.
In May 2012, the highest-paid aircraft mechanics and service technicians plied their trade in Maryland, earning $65,300 a year or $31.39 an hour, acccording to the BLS. Connecticut and Tennessee were the next most lucrative states for jet mechanics to work in, earning $64,400 and $64,180, respectively. By way of comparison, Oklahoma-based jet mechanics made $50,750 a year.
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