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Top Paid AMEs

#1 Post by TurboPropMech » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:48 pm

Hey Guys,

I am starting to gather resources and put together a list of the top paying companies for AMEs in Canada. Obviously I can find some CBAs but not all wages are available. I am looking for the top step, top pay for a liscensed/endorsed AME. I would like your take. A top 10 sort of thing would be great. I am looking for the name of the employer and the top base wage, if you have it. I want to compare all types of AMO, airlines, MROs, Manufacturers, charters, FBOs etc. Anyone looking to employee an AME. Any and all responses are appreciated. Please, no comments about how crappy aviation is, how low the wages are, just looking for real info and opinions on who pays the most.

Sample response list:
1) Air Georgian - $44.91
2) Sunwing - ??
3) Air Transat - ??
4) Jazz - $38.19
5) etc.......
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#2 Post by ABCD » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:57 am

Air Transat new CBA:
Top scale after 6 years
2018 41.77$
2019 42.60$
2020 43.45$
2021 44,10$
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#3 Post by lupin » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:32 am

It's hard to give an hourly wage... most pay structures are not very linear that way.

At AC:
2018 top wage for LAT 5 : 41.23$/hour
Premiums
Tank Sealer: 150$/month
Trainer: 150$/month
Endorsement premium: 450$/month for employees who hold between 1 and 4 endorsements
Supplemental endorsement premium: 150$/month/per additional endorsement (max of 5 per technician)
Midnight premium 2$/hour for hours worked between 23:00-07:00
The top wage is going up by 2% every April until approx 2026.

If you want a idea of a top wage: 41.23$/ht + (600/month*12/2000=3.60$/hr) (5 endorsement premium)+ (150$/month*12/2000=0.90)(tank sealer) + (150$/month*12/2000=0.90) (trainer)+ (2*8*170/2000= 1.36$/hr) (night shift premium)= 46.63$/hr
One endorsement premium: (450$/month*12months/2000hrs/year)=2.70$
One Endorsement ACA LAT 4: 41.59$/hr (38.89$/hr + 2.70$/hr)
One endorsement ACA LAT 5: 43.93$/hr (41.23$/hr + 2.70$/hr)
Final top equivalent wage without tank sealer or trainer premium: 44.83$/hr
Final top equivalent wage with either tank sealer premium or trainer premium: 45.73$/hr
Final top equivalent wage with tank sealer premium and trainer premium: 46.63$/hr
for the 2$ night shift premium, it doesn't cover the entire night so has an equivalent value of 1.36$(8 hours of the night shift are paid at 2$/hr)
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#4 Post by TurboPropMech » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:59 pm

Thanks, I really appreciate the information. Very informative stuff!
Where do you think AC and Transat rank in Canada as far as wage goes?
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#5 Post by lupin » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:05 am

I don't have access to pay scales for Air Transat, Bombardier or Westjet but would imagine they are all in the same ballpark +/- 10 G

From what I heard Bombardier and Westjet are paying more than AC.
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#6 Post by Dustier » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:30 am

Westjet top scale is $40.17 plus 7-10% ACA pay, depending on years of employment.
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#7 Post by Hugh Jasshole » Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:51 am

Westjet; $40.17 X 10% ACA = $44.19, $44.19 X 20% ESP = $53.00/hour
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#8 Post by lupin » Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:05 pm

It's always going to be tough to compare salaries. There are many variables to take into consideration:

-ESOP (employee share ownership plan) is usually voluntary and differs from company to company
-retirement plans are different at all the carriers
-Premiums throw distortion in the wage equation
-Profit sharing plans can add $$ but can be very irregular.
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#9 Post by Pacqing » Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:24 pm

AC Westjet, Sunwing, Georgian, Transit etc count for what? 30% of licensed Engineers in Canada? Probably hard to put a % on it but there a whole lot of guys out there not working for these mentioned companies. What are they earning? And if you don't know whats the point of this exercise?
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#10 Post by CBAME » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:06 am

Interesting

It would be great if one of the AME associations or all of them could do a salary survey similar to what the AMT magazine did years ago, maybe they still do and i just cannot find it. If i recall they had region and large Airline, regional, corporate, and GA

it is a bit complicated with premiums, union dues, pensions, profit sharing etc.
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#11 Post by helicopterray » Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:57 am

There's never any mention of the helicopter side of things either. And extremely tough to give a blanket answer, with variables such as bush pay and flight pay. The smaller outfits tend to pay better than the bigger outfits, with less overhead.
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#12 Post by lupin » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:32 pm

From the Air Inuit job offer:
SALARY
$63,025 - $78,781
78781$/yr/2000hr/yr= 39.39$/hr
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#13 Post by RAS-CA » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:36 am

Reliance Aerotech Services is currently offering more than $55 per hour for our Turbine Engine Specialists (AME M2 or A&P required) 2 positions left. If interested pm me. Or send a resume to resumes@relianceaerotech.com
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#14 Post by Dustier » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:11 am

KF Aero advertises $36.64/hr plus $2 ACA.
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#15 Post by Glasnost » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:15 am

The one who brags about his T4 but not the amount of out of base, overtime, or BS it took to get it.
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Re: Top Paid AMEs

#16 Post by MZUNGO » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:32 am

Dustier wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:11 am
KF Aero advertises $36.64/hr plus $2 ACA.
yikes that's not good at all. does anyone know what the other cargo operators are offering?
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#17 Post by chowda » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:19 pm

That place will always be the last in wages because they have plenty of lifers who shit their pants for their jobs, young and old.
I imagine even they must short handed though.
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#18 Post by MZUNGO » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:42 pm

thanks Chowda, the question still stands. what are the other cargo operators paying?
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