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Who Are The Highest Paid Mechanics?  
User currently offlineTockeyhockey From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11096 times:

I've heard that WN has the highest paid mechanics, even though they are not union. Is this true?

Others have told me that AA is the best place to work.

Any insights would be helpful.

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User currently offlineJoeairbus From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11068 times:

Just to let you know WN tech's are union members. I don't have the contract book to let you know specifics on wages.  airplane 

User currently offlineDetroitflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11051 times:

im not sure about the legality on doing this, but ive always wondered why aircraft companies allow unions??? I mean why dont they do evey thing in their power to stop them from forming. After all look what happened to AA as a result of the unions


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User currently offlineYanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10959 times:

I believe the UPS mechs are highest paid and they are union. For air carriers WN is the highset paid and are also union. They both make a lot of money and their companies make profits, win-win if you ask me.

User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10912 times:

Quoting Detroitflyer (Reply 2):
im not sure about the legality on doing this, but ive always wondered why aircraft companies allow unions??? I mean why dont they do evey thing in their power to stop them from forming. After all look what happened to AA as a result of the unions

I don't quite understand whar you mean,I see you are a flight student,if you get a pilot job with a major carrier you will see the benefits of a union,they do have their drawback,but on the operational side(pilots,mechanics)they are necessary. Legally the companys cannot try to stop a work group from unionizing.


User currently offlineBoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10877 times:

Quoting Tockeyhockey (Thread starter):
After all look what happened to AA as a result of the unions

Yes, they avoided bankruptcy and their stock went from around $2 to $37.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6388 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10832 times:

Last I checked, it was NASCAR...  duck 


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User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10798 times:

Here is the list as of January for air carriers.

1.Southwest
2.JetBlue
3.Alaska Airlines
4.American Airlines

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User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10776 times:

You should probably change the title to: Who are the highest paid mechanics in the US?

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10776 times:

Wouldn't the mechs who work on AF1 be high paid? I also thought FX would be up there.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineBuddys747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 527 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10762 times:

Quoting Detroitflyer (Reply 2):
im not sure about the legality on doing this, but ive always wondered why aircraft companies allow unions??? I mean why dont they do evey thing in their power to stop them from forming. After all look what happened to AA as a result of the unions

If it were not for unions, workers would be making lower wages, have less benefits, and be at the mercy of managment for everything. Also the flying public has a much safer aircraft, unions fight for safety issues that other wise would be ignored. Unless you become a manager, you'll understand some day why union shop is important. Don't believe everything you hear, the media has a good way ( along with some fellow a.netters ) of making unions look bad, when they really are important.

Do they make mistakes, bad decisions at times, Yes! But then how many CEO's have made bad decisions at the workers expenses!

Quoting BoomBoom (Reply 5):
Yes, they avoided bankruptcy and their stock went from around $2 to $37.

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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10720 times:

Quoting Tockeyhockey (Thread starter):
I've heard that WN has the highest paid mechanics, even though they are not union. Is this true?

Others have told me that AA is the best place to work.

Any insights would be helpful.

The AMT's at SWA are currently the highest paid among US based airlines as others have pointed out. They are represented by AMFA. However they are still under the contract the Teamsters negotiated before they switched to AMFA. For highest paid overall that title goes to the guys over at UPS. They are represented by the IBT.

As far as AA being the best place to work I guess it depends on who you talk to. We took so pretty big cuts to stay out of BK four years ago. However we were lucky in the sense that unlike some other carriers our retirements did not end up in the hands of the PBGC.

Quoting Detroitflyer (Reply 2):
im not sure about the legality on doing this, but Ive always wondered why aircraft companies allow unions??? I mean why dont they do evey thing in their power to stop them from forming. After all look what happened to AA as a result of the unions

What exactly are "aircraft companies"? You are right to wonder about the legality of "aircraft companies" trying to stop unions from forming. If a company is a to aggressive in doing so they can find themselves in legal trouble with the government. And could you please tell me what happened to AA as a result of the unions.

By your profile I see that you are a flight student. I'm guessing your ultimate goal is to become a professional pilot. Well if you are lucky enough to get a job working as an airline pilot you can thank the pilot unions for what you make.


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10702 times:

the highest paid eveything is at WN

User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10684 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 9):
Wouldn't the mechs who work on AF1 be high paid?

Why would you think that?

I'm guessing those guys are members of the U.S. Airf Force, in which case they get paid what their rank and time-in-service affords them. Working on AF1 should make no difference.

If they're not Air Force, then they are government contractors...they don't get a whole lot either.

As I see it, UPS AMT's are the highest paid AMT's working for a US air carrier.



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User currently offlineDl757Md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10541 times:

Quoting ZRHnerd (Reply 8):
You should probably change the title to: Who are the highest paid mechanics in the US?

Nobody said that mechanics pay from other countries couldn't be listed. On the contrary I for one would be very interested to compare compensation with my peers from other countries.

Quoting Charlienorth (Reply 4):
but on the operational side(pilots,mechanics)they are necessary

I wouldn't say they are necessary. Delta Tech Ops is one of the better aircraft maintenance organizations in the world and there are no unions representing any of the groups within Tech Ops.

DL757Md



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User currently offlineYanqui67 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2005, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10514 times:

Quoting Dl757Md (Reply 14):
I wouldn't say they are necessary. Delta Tech Ops is one of the better aircraft maintenance organizations in the world and there are no unions representing any of the groups within Tech Ops.

Yes, and we are also third from the bottom in pay, figure that out.


User currently offlineSevenheavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1156 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10363 times:

Hi,

My Dad has worked in maintainence for AA for nearly 30 years. I'm not sure exactly what he makes but I believe that compared to most other U.S. carriers he is paid well. Many AMT's from the likes of UA and CO have come over to AA because of better pay and benefits and I know that he came out of the post 9/11 pay cuts unscathed.

As with most (if not all) U.S. carriers pay rates increase with service. One drawback with AA (as I understand it) is that you "top out" relatively quickly, and thus he has been at the same level for a number of years.

Regards



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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10350 times:

My dad is mx for CO and while he gets paid decently after being there for 10+ years, everyone he works with is absolutely jealous of the new contract that UPS mx is looking to negoitate... I forgot the actual numbers, but it was something like they are asking for $60 an hour and would accept $50 an hour

User currently offlineTroubleshooter From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 423 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10316 times:

The highest paid mechanics???

Unfortunately not me... Big grin



This job sucks!!! I love this job!!!
User currently offlineReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10309 times:

Quoting Dl757Md (Reply 14):
I for one would be very interested to compare compensation with my peers from other countries.

I myself am curious, specifically the "Attractive tax-free pay package to be discussed at the interview" from Emirates.

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 17):
$60 an hour and would accept $50 an hour

Is that licensed with signing authority?


User currently offlineFr8Mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5453 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10299 times:

Quoting ReidYYZ (Reply 19):
Is that licensed with signing authority?

Anyone working as an AMT at UPS has authority to release all aircraft, except those going on ETOPS routing. Additinal training is required with no premium pay.

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 17):
I forgot the actual numbers, but it was something like they are asking for $60 an hour and would accept $50 an hour

And that information comes from where? Economic proposals haven't even been exchanged yet.



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User currently offlineDl757md From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1562 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 10240 times:

Quoting Yanqui67 (Reply 15):
Yes, and we are also third from the bottom in pay, figure that out.

And being union would have avoided that how?



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User currently offlineLucky42 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 10228 times:

Quoting Dl757md (Reply 21):
And being union would have avoided that how?

I think he makes it quite clear myself...You claim that Delta Tech Ops being among the best in the world. (not disputing it) His claim is for that you are the third from the bottom in pay...Well SWA, UPS are union and are at the top of the game in terms of pay and bennies and both are union. I think that answers the question. Unions are a necessary evil whether you agree or not with them. I worked for two unions in the last 17 yrs and I have issues with them also but I am non union now but make very good money and they have better work rules for the hourly mechanics than I ever had being in a union. That said, I know for a fact is not out of the goodness of their heart that they pay me well it is the fact they want to keep the unions at bay by providing good salary and benefits.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 10221 times:

Def out here Mechanics working on Structures ie Cat B approvals get the Highest Amongst A&C [A&P] Out here Freighter operators pay the best.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineZvocio79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10206 times:

My first AP job was $USD 12.57 in SBY (MD)2005, then I moved to LGA (NY) at $17.25, 2006.
I said fuck it and I work with helicopters now at nearly $23.00 USD. 2007/
I dont have to deice now and I work on a heated building. YES union, but I'm passive, neaither pro or against it, just go with the flow.

I would move to the Emirates only if they can make an offer that I cant refuse.

any figures?


25 LMP737 : I had a proffesor in college, a former airline executive, who once asked a question in regards to this. He said "Do you think management will take ad
26 Valcory : Can we have some $ to see what the difference in pay is among US airlines ant others also
27 HAWK21M : Out here AME [Licenced] salaries start from Rs 1,20,000 pm & can go upto Rs 2,80,000 pm. Depending on the Operator.Freighter operators pay more. regds
28 Zvocio79 : Hawk I need your help, Im a little Ignorant with currencies....are those Rupees ? pm? per month? what's 1 rupees compared to the US Dollar? This rate
29 Post contains images Aogdesk : You put the decimal in the wrong place. Actually, i found out from an inside source that they're asking for $600 an hour and will accept $500, no les
30 Post contains links HAWK21M : Those are in Indian Rupees & per month http://finance.yahoo.com/currency/co...t=1&from=USD&to=INR&submit=Convert As on date 1 Dollar = Rs 44.070 regd
31 Zvocio79 : would it be 1,20,000 or 120,000.00 or 2,80,000 or 280,000.00
32 HAWK21M : It would be One Lakh Twenty Thousand or Two Lakh eighty thousand hence Rs 1,20,000 & 2,80,000. regds MEL
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