Aircraft mechanics & service technicians

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2019 Workforce
193k
Average Age
40.6
Estimated Job Growth
4.59%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$62,859
Average Male Salary
$63,927
Average Female Salary
$43,482

About

Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are most often employed by the Air transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians was $62,859 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Aircraft mechanics & service technicians by wage are Respiratory therapists, Editors, and Tax examiners & collectors, & revenue agents.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Hanford City PUMA, CA, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray, Clinton & Caldwell Counties PUMA, MO, and Burlington County (South & East) PUMA, NJ. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Hanford City PUMA, CA, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray, Clinton & Caldwell Counties PUMA, MO, and Eastern Plains New Mexico PUMA, NM.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Aircraft mechanics & service technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Air transportation is the industry that employs the most Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, by average wage, is Architectural, engineering & related services. Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are paid most in Denton City (Outer) PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Hanford City PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$62,859
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,476

In 2019, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians earned an average of $62,859, $7,335 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Respiratory therapists make somewhat more than Aircraft mechanics & service technicians while Editors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Aircraft mechanics & service technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.292
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.292, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, by number of employees, are Air transportation, Services incidental to transportation, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, by average wage, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Couriers & messengers, and Air transportation.

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Industries by Share

193k
2019 Workforce
± 10,786
5.89%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.56%

The number of people employed as Aircraft mechanics & service technicians has been growing at a rate of 5.89%, from 182,501 people in 2018 to 193,247 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians employed by various industries. Air transportation employs the largest share of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians at  24.5%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 20.5% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 17%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Aircraft mechanics & service technicians in the US. The average age of male Aircraft mechanics & service technicians in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is 38.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

183k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,501
10.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,467

94.8% of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

67.9% of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.96% of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians.

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Age by Gender

40.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.832
38.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.72

The median age of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 1.99 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is Transportation but a relatively high number of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians hold a major in Transportation.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aircraft mechanics & service technicians need many skills, but most especially Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Operation Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Aircraft mechanics & service technicians need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Installation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians are expected to see a growth of 4.59% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians.
4.59%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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