Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
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Overview
Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers are expected to shrink by 17%, and should have about 3,200 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers are more likely to be automated than 60% of other careers.
Workforce size
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, with 41,800 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
Only 6% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers have bachelor's degrees than 79% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers is higher than 57% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.
This job's median $53KAll jobs' median $39K$52K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 25% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers -- that's a smaller percentage than 59% of other jobs.
Gender of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, the median men's salary was 52% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 31% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers are minority, and 22% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (22%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 40% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, and 91% have company-sponsored health insurance (12% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (90%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (83%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (63%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (55%)
  • Time Pressure (54%)
  • Consequence of Error (54%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (39%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers (ACS)
Private for-profit (96.1%)
Private not-for-profit (1.1%)
Local government (0.7%)
State government (1.6%)
Federal government (0.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$42K$42K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers and gender

With 25% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 59% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
Men (75%)
Women (25%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers tops that, with the median salary for men 52% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$30K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 97% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers than for 91% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
White (62% )
Black (15% )
Asian (12% )
Other (7% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers by nativity
$29K$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.

Education attained by aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for assembler and fabricator positions.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) offers certificates and training programs in fabrication, coil processing, and other related topics. Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession.

In addition, many employers that hire electrical and electronic assembly workers, especially those employers in the aerospace and defense industries, require certifications in soldering. The Association Connecting Electronics Industries, also known as IPC, offers a number of certification programs related to electronic assembly and soldering.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers? Below we see the distribution of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$41K$55K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KHigh School (44%)Some College (28%)Associate's Degree (9%)
Certificate/degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician
5,325
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician
2,596
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
519
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

What jobs will most aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)Production workersElectriciansAgricultural ManagersOffice and administrative support workersMetal and plastic Rolling machine setters and operatorsSheet metal workersAircraft mechanics and service techniciansAircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblersMaintenance and repair workersAerospace engineersStock clerks and order fillers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 2 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers as well as 1% of respondents after working as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)
131,900
$0$200K$30K
Sheet metal workers
16,300
$0$200K$41K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
389,900
$0$200K$28K
10.6%
Maids and housekeeping cleaners
207,700
$0$200K$20K
6.1%
Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)
131,900
$0$200K$30K
23.7%
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
4.6%
Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers
23,200
$0$200K$30K
9.1%
Sheet metal workers
16,300
$0$200K$41K
33.1%
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
3,200
$0$200K$42K
12.8%
Read about aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Assemblers and fabricators typically do the following:

  • Read and understand schematics and blueprints
  • Position or align components and parts either manually or with hoists
  • Use hand tools or machines to assemble parts
  • Conduct quality control checks
  • Clean and maintain work area, tools, and other equipment

Assemblers and fabricators have an important role in the manufacturing process. They assemble both finished products and the pieces that go into them. The products encompass a full range of manufactured goods, including aircraft, toys, household appliances, automobiles, computers, and electronic devices.

Changes in technology have transformed the manufacturing and assembly process. Modern manufacturing systems use robots, computers, programmable motion-control devices, and various sensing technologies. These technological changes affect the way in which goods are made and the jobs of those who make them. Advanced assemblers must be able to work with these new technologies and use them to manufacture goods.

The job of an assembler or fabricator requires a range of knowledge and skills. Skilled assemblers putting together complex machines, for example, read detailed schematics that show how to assemble the machine. After determining how parts should connect, they use hand or power tools to trim, shim, cut, and make other adjustments to fit components together. Once the parts are properly aligned, they connect them with bolts and screws, or they weld or solder pieces together.

Quality control is important throughout the assembly process, so assemblers look for faulty components and mistakes in the assembly process. They help fix problems before defective products are made.

Manufacturing techniques are moving away from traditional assembly line systems toward lean manufacturing systems, which use teams of workers to produce entire products or components. Lean manufacturing has changed the nature of the assemblers’ duties.

It has become more common to involve assemblers and fabricators in product development. Designers and engineers consult manufacturing workers during the design stage to improve product reliability and manufacturing efficiency. Some experienced assemblers work with designers and engineers to build prototypes or test products.

Although most assemblers and fabricators are classified as team assemblers, others specialize in producing one type of product or perform the same or similar tasks throughout the assembly process.

The following are examples of types of assemblers and fabricators:

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as the wings, fuselage, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, and heating and ventilating systems.

Coil winders, tapers, and finishers wind wire coils of electrical components used in a variety of electric and electronic products, including resistors, transformers, generators, and electric motors.

Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers build products such as electric motors, computers, electronic control devices, and sensing equipment. Automated systems have been put in place because many electronic parts are too small or fragile for human assembly. Much of the work of electrical and electronic assemblers is done by hand during the small-scale production of electronic devices used in all types of aircraft, military systems, and medical equipment. Production by hand requires these workers to use devices such as soldering irons.

Electromechanical equipment assemblers assemble and modify electromechanical devices such as household appliances, computer tomography scanners, or vending machines. The workers use a variety of tools, such as rulers, rivet guns, and soldering irons.

Engine and machine assemblers construct, assemble, and rebuild engines, turbines, and machines used in automobiles, construction and mining equipment, and power generators.

Structural metal fabricators and fitters cut, align, and fit together structural metal parts and may help weld or rivet the parts together.

Fiberglass laminators and fabricators laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, and other products.

Team assemblers work on an assembly line, but they rotate through different tasks, rather than specializing in a single task. The team may decide how the work is assigned and how different tasks are done. Some aspects of lean production, such as rotating tasks and seeking worker input on improving the assembly process, are common to all assembly and fabrication occupations.

Timing device assemblers, adjusters, and calibrators do precision assembling or adjusting of timing devices within very narrow tolerances.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Color vision
Assemblers and fabricators who make electrical and electronic products must distinguish different colors, because the wires they often work with are color coded.
Dexterity
Assemblers and fabricators should have a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination, as they must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small.
Math skills
Assemblers and fabricators must know basic math and be able to use computers, because the manufacturing process continues to advance technologically.
Mechanical skills
Modern production systems require assemblers and fabricators to use programmable motion-control devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.
Physical stamina
Assemblers and fabricators must stand for long periods and perform repetitious work.
Physical strength
Assemblers and fabricators must be strong enough to lift heavy components or pieces of machinery. Some assemblers, such as those in the aerospace industry, must frequently bend or climb ladders when assembling parts.
Technical skills
Assemblers and fabricators must understand technical manuals, blueprints, and schematics for a wide range of products and machines in order to manufacture the final product properly.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers was higher than 57% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers are anticipated to shrink by 17%. over the next decade; 96% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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