Mechanical maintenance workers, also known as mechanics or service technicians, repair and troubleshoot many different types of mechanical equipment in a variety of industries. The most common type is the automobile mechanic, who earned an average of $42,090 per year in 2019, according to reports issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the highest paid maintenance jobs are found in other sectors.
Diesel mechanics maintain the engines of vehicles that run on diesel fuel, such as buses, 18-wheelers and construction vehicles. The BLS reports that the diesel mechanics earned an average annual salary of $48,500 as of May 2019. However, some employers paid even more. For example, the natural gas distribution industry paid diesel mechanics an average of $87,730, while those employed by the federal government averaged $83,450. Diesel mechanics who work for couriers and express delivery services made $65,030 per year.
HVAC mechanics maintain machines related to heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Some of them repair equipment in private homes, while others work in industrial or commercial settings. The average salary for HVAC mechanics was $48,730 per year in 2019, according to the BLS. The highest paid were those employed by civil engineering companies, who averaged $85,940 per year, and those employed in aerospace, who brought home an average of $77,180 per year.
Heavy Equipment Mechanics
While diesel mechanics are responsible for maintaining diesel engines, mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair the other systems that allow heavy construction vehicles to function properly. As of 2019, they earned an average salary of $53,370 per year. The very highest paid heavy equipment mechanics were those directly employed by aerospace manufacturers ($74,340) and by electric power distribution companies ($72,950).
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Industrial machinery mechanics maintain industrial processing equipment in factories, as well as pipelines that carry oil and natural gas to and from refineries. As of 2019, industrial machinery mechanics earned a median of $53,590 per year. The highest-paying industries, electric power generation and natural gas, paid industrial machinery mechanics an average of $74,550 and $72,190 respectively.
Aircraft Mechanic salary
The highest paid mechanic specialty is the repair of aircraft. On average, aircraft mechanics earned $64,090 per year in 2019, according to the BLS. Some of the highest-paying jobs were for courier and express delivery services such as Federal Express and UPS, which paid aircraft mechanics an average of $79,030 per year. The very highest pay, an average of $94,790 per year, was reported by aircraft mechanics employed by spectator sports companies.