Salary Snapshot

Aug. 31, 2009
Industry averages based on current listings from

The industry is hurting, but there are openings for A&Ps. As of Aug. 7, according to, there were A&P positions available in Tampa, FL; Bellingham, WA; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and Denver.

Once again AMT presents a look at what the industry offers in terms of salary statistics and job titles to help you know what’s out there. The numbers reflect the recent rise in the minimum hourly wage.

Finding a job can be a full-time occupation in itself. As many as eight out of 10 new jobs are obtained through some type of personal contact, this should only be the starting point in your search for your next step in the aviation profession.

Networking, tapping into industry contacts who can help you in your job search, can be accomplished either by talking to others in the industry that might know of job leads and/or getting referrals from others who might know of new opportunities. Avjobs has features can help in this process as does AMT’s Forums, at

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While the industry may pay more or less than the aviation positions listed, the charts represent what is available curently on

Salaried Jobs
A&P Mechanic$26,000$47,214$65,000
Hourly Jobs (Pay per hour)
A&P Mechanic$7.25$21.46$70.00
A&P Mechanic Positions
A&P Mechanic$18/hour$28/hour
Aircraft Composite Technician$18/hour$25/hour
Aircraft Interior Mechanic$12/hour$26/hour
Aircraft Sheetmetal Mechanic$15/hour$28/hour
Quality Control inspector$26/hour$28/hour
Shop Manager, IA, DOM$18/hour$35/hour
Turbine Aircraft Mechanic$18/hour$30/hour
Avionics Positions
Aviation Electricians Mate, Subject Matter Expert $22/hour$24/hour
Avionics Department Manager$40,000/year$65,000/year
Avionics Manager$28/hour$32/hour
Avionics Technician$13/hour$25/hour
Corporate Avionics$23.18/hour$24.24/hour
Lead Avionics Aircraft Engineer$20/hour$45/hour