Aircraft mechanics & service technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
191k
Average Age
40.2
Estimated Job Growth
4.59%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$62,492
Average Male Salary
$63,465
Average Female Salary
$45,663

About

Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are most often employed by the Air transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians was $62,492 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Aircraft mechanics & service technicians by wage are Firstline supervisors of correctional officers, Pumping station operators, and Other healthcare practitioners & technical Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, Hanford City PUMA, CA, and Okaloosa County PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Hanford City PUMA, CA, Jacksonville City PUMA, NC, and Marysville & Arlington Cities PUMA, WA.

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 Justice, public order, & safety activities . Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are paid most in Redding City PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Hanford City PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$62,492
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,221

In 2020, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians earned an average of $62,492, $6,538 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Firstline supervisors of correctional officers make somewhat more than Aircraft mechanics & service technicians while Pumping station operators 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

0.281
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.281, 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

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, by average wage, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Management of companies & enterprises, and Couriers & messengers.

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Industries by Share

191k
2020 Workforce
± 10,733
0.774%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.89%

The number of people employed as Aircraft mechanics & service technicians has been growing at a rate of 0.774%, from 189,901 people in 2019 to 191,371 people in 2020.

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  24.7%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 18.4% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 16.6%.

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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 40.4 and of female Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is 36.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

181k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 10,436
10.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,511

94.5% of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

66.7% of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.16% 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 Sex

40.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.811
36.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.4

The median age of Aircraft mechanics & service technicians is 40.2, and Male employees are generally 3.68 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 Business 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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