An A&P license mechanic is licensed to work on airframes and powerplants -- an airplane mechanic. These mechanics work on building or repairing airplanes and spacecraft for a variety of governments and companies. As one might expect from mastery of such complex equipment, an A&P license mechanic makes more than your average auto mechanic.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places A&P license mechanics in the category of "Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians." According to its information, the average professional in this field made $53,420 in 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $43,660 and $62,680.
The BLS reports that the industries with the greatest demand for aircraft mechanics, including A&P licensed mechanics, for 2010 were air transportation, aerospace manufacturing, the federal Executive Branch and courier services. The highest paying positions were in financial investment, couriers, electric power, oil and gas extraction and spectator sports -- mostly mechanics working on company air fleets.
In 2010, the greatest number of airplane mechanic jobs were found in Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma. The best paying positions in this field were in Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Connecticut and New Jersey.
The BLS expects jobs in this field to expand as fast as average for the economy as a whole: 7 percent between 2008 and 2018 as compared to the overall anticipated growth of 8 percent for that period. They attribute this rate to the fact that demand for aircraft repair tends to pace the growth of population and economy.
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