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Although some aircraft mechanics, especially at the entry level and at small businesses, earn little more than the minimum wage, the median annual income for aircraft mechanics was about $56,980 in May 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The top 10 percent earned more than $85,320, while the bottom 10 percent earned $35,260 or less. In February 2016, Salary.com reported that aircraft mechanics who specialized in jets had median annual earnings of $79,100; the lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $59,628 and the top 10 percent earned more than $98,324. Mechanics with airframe and power-plant certification earn more than those without it. Overtime, night shift, and holiday pay differentials are usually available and can greatly increase a mechanic's annual earnings.

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