For aircraft mechanics, certification pays

April 03, 2002

In 2000, aircraft mechanics and service technicians certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earned on average $20.16 per hour. Aircraft mechanics and technicians without FAA certification earned on average $15.78 per hour, over $4.00 less than their certified counterparts.

Mean wages of aircraft mechanics in private industry, by industry and FAA certification, 2000
[Chart data—TXT]

Private industry employment of aircraft mechanics and service technicians totaled 118,770 in 2000. Of this total, almost 83 percent were FAA certified.

The mean wage for FAA certified aircraft mechanics and service technicians was higher than the mean wage for their non-certified counterparts in all six of the industries shown in the chart. The highest mean wage for the FAA certified aircraft mechanics was found in the scheduled air transportation industry, at $21.19 per hour. The highest non-FAA certified mean wage was found in aircraft and parts manufacturing, at $17.90 per hour.

These data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. Data in this article are for aircraft mechanics and service technicians in private industry. Find out more in "Certification Can Count: The Case of Aircraft Mechanics" (PDF 90K), Issues in Labor Statistics, BLS Summary 02-03.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, For aircraft mechanics, certification pays on the Internet at (visited September 30, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.