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Jobs and Salary Ranges - Level 3

The aviation industry offers career opportunities to suit many interests and backgrounds. As aviation remains an integral
part of our society, there will be a growing need for qualified personnel. The Airline Employment Assistance Corps
provides this look at careers in aviation for you as you plan for your future. Many of the careers in this table are
available in the global employment opportunities portion of the member section of the AEAC, whose link is found
below.
Career Type Career Title Salary Range Education Requirements Who Employs
Aircraft Manufacturing Occupations Assemblers & Installers $10 - $16 /hr H.S. diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
  Electrical Installers & Technicians $29 - $33 /hr H.S. diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
  Machine Tool Operators $10 - $16 /hr H.S. diploma, vocational school Aircraft Manufacturers
  Manufacturing Engineers $28,000 - $50,000 Bachelor of Science degree Aircraft Manufacturers
  Quality Technicians $10 - $25 /hr H.S. diploma, Associate's degree Aircraft Manufacturers
  Sheet Metal Fabrication $20 - $26 /hr H.S. diploma Aircraft Manufacturers
  Tool, Jig & Fixture Makers $9 - $25 /hr H.S. diploma, vocational school Aircraft Manufacturers
Aircraft and System Maintenance Airframe and Powerplant $50,000 -
$70,000
H.S. diploma, technical training; degree preferred Airlines, FBO's, private companies
  Airframe or Powerplant Mechanic $15 - $28 / hr H.S. diploma, technical training; degree preferred Airlines, FBO's, private companies
  Avionics Specialist $15 - $25 / hr H.S. diploma, technical training; degree preferred Airlines, FBO's, private companies
Airline and Airport Operations Air Traffic Controller $21,900 - $130,000 FAA training; college preferred Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  Airport Manager $80,000 - $130,000 College degree in airport management or business administration Airports, airport authorities
  Cabin Maintenance Mechanic $10 - $17 / hr H.S. diploma, technical training Airlines
  Concession Workers $8 / hr and up H.S. diploma Airport concessionaires
  Fire and Crash Rescue $16,000 - $48,000 Special training; college preferred Medium to large airports
  Fixed Base Operator Manager $24,000 - $65,000 H.S. diploma; college degree sometimes preferred Fixed base operators (FBO's)
  Flight Dispatcher $25,000 - $100,000+ Dispatcher's license; college degree and experience preferred Airlines
  Ground Attendant $18,000 - $32,400 H.S. diploma Airlines
  Lineperson $8 - $15 / hr H.S. diploma Airports, airlines, FBO's
  Ramp Planner $18,000 - $31,000 H.S. diploma, experience preferred Airlines
  Ramp Service Personnel $8 - $15 / hr H.S. diploma Airlines, airports, FBO's
  Safety Inspector $26,000 - $85,000 Engineering degree and / or experience as a pilot or mechanic Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  Scheduling Coordinator $14,000 - $36,000 College degree preferred; experience helpful Airlines
  Station Manager $12,000 - $31,000 H.S. diploma; experience preferred Airlines
Airline and Airport Services Air Freight / Cargo Agent $15,000 - $31,000 H.S. diploma, shipping experience Airlines, air freight operators
  Baggage Handlers $14,500 - $31,200 H.S. diploma Airlines
  Cargo Handlers $14,500 - $31,200 H.S. diploma Airlines, air freight companies
  Customer Service Representative $18,000 - $31,200 H.S. diploma, business experience Airlines
  Flight Attendants $23,700 - $69,000 H.S. diploma, special training; college preferred Airlines
  Passenger Service Agent $18,000 - $31,000 H.S. diploma, experience helpful Airlines
  Reservation Sales Agent $12,000 - $38,600 H.S. diploma, two years college preferred Airlines
  Sky Caps $13,200 - $25,200 plus tips H.S. diploma Airports, airlines
  Ticket Agent $18,000 - $31,200 H.S. diploma, two years college preferred Airlines
Food Service Food Preparer's $9 - $13 / hr H.S. diploma, health certificate required Airlines, airline caterers, airports
  Operations Supervisor $25,000 - $90,000 College degree in field Industry-wide
Health Services Aviation Medical Examiner $65,000 - $90,000 Medical degree Airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
  Flight Physician $65,000 - $90,000 Medical degree Airlines, NASA, FAA, military, private practice
Law - Related Services Accident Investigators $21,000 - $60,000 College degree, industry experience National Transportation Safety Board, FAA, Insurance companies
  Aviation Attorney $16,000 - $120,000 Law degree FAA, airlines, governments, private law firms
  Customs Agent $23,000 - $44,000 College degree U.S. Customs
  Drug Enforcement Agents $23,000 - $60,000 College degree, special training; experience preferred Drug Enforcement Administration
  Inspectors $16,640 - $62,400 H.S. diploma Construction companies, airport consultants, governments
  Security Officers $12,000 - $24,000 H.S. diploma, special training Airlines, airports
  Security Specialist $15,000 - $48,000 H.S. diploma, law enforcement experience FAA
  Sky Marshal $15,000 - $65,000 H.S. diploma, police academy, law enforcement experience FAA
Office Professionals Administrative Assistants $10,000 - $30,000 H.S. diploma Industry-wide
  Information Systems Specialist $20,000 - $60,000 College degree Industry-wide
  Secretaries $10,000 - $30,000 H.S. diploma Industry-wide
  Travel Agents $3.50 / hr - $36,000 H.S. diploma, special training Travel agencies, government
Pilot Careers Agricultural Pilot $20,000 - $70,000 High school diploma, special training, and license Agricultural operators, large farms
  Air Taxi Pilot $9 - $18 / hr College Preferred Fixed base operators, air taxi operators
  Air Traffic Reporting Pilot $18,000 - $40,000 College Preferred Radio & TV; traffic reporting companies
  Astronaut $42,000 - $80,000 Engineering, physical science, physics, or similar advanced degree NASA
  Corporate Pilot $78,000 - $150,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Companies with flight departments
  Flight Instructor $40/hr H.S. diploma Flight schools
  Helicopter Pilot $52,000 - $80,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Helicopter operators, corporate flight departments
  Major / National Airline Pilot $100,000 - $250,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Major and National Airlines
  Military Pilot $21,300 - $99,000 College degree U.S. Armed Forces
  Regional Airline Pilot $88,500 - $92,000 College Preferred; most require 4 year degree Regional Airlines
Scientific and Technical Services Architects $22,000 - $60,000 Architecture degree Airports, architecture firms
  Cartographers $16,000 - $48,000 Cartography degree NOAA, federal & state governments, private companies
  Meteorologists $17,000 - $47,000 Meteorology degree; experience preferred National Weather Service, airlines, private weather companies
  Technicians (Electronics, Radar, Navigation) $13,000 - $54,000 H.S. diploma, special training FAA, independent contractors
Scientific and Technical Services (Engineers) Aeronautical Engineers $50,000 - $75,000 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
  Aerospace Engineers $50,000 - $75,000 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
  Civil Engineers $50,000 - $70,000 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
  Electrical Engineers $50,000 - $80,000 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA
  Mechanical Engineers $50,000 - $75,000 Engineering degree Aircraft manufacturers, FAA, NASA

 

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