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The Salary of Top Jet Mechanics

by Michael Roennevig

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.

Average

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.

Percentiles

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.

Industry

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.

Location

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.

About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.

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