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AVERAGE SHOP AND LABOR RATES

WEST U.S.

SHOP RATES
Service	
Install	
Engineering	
Instrument	

LABOR 	

$100.86
$ 93.22
$ 106.83
$ 110.92

Start	

Bench	
$18.05	
Install	
$15.98	
Instrument 	 $16.91	

Top	

$30.61
$27.33
$33.17

CENTRAL U.S.

SHOP RATES
Service
Install
Engineering
Instrument

LABOR

Bench
Install
Instrument

$93.18
$84.43
$94.33
$91.80

Start

$16.50
$17.05
$16.80

EAST U.S.

SHOP RATES
Service
Install
Engineering
Instrument

Top

$26.19
$27.07
$25.50

LABOR

$92.14
$86.69
$96.90
$95.50

Start

Bench
Install
Instrument

$17.44
$16.12
$19.00

Top

$28.98
$27.09
$30.33

*Rates are per hour

central regions (75 percent). Those in the east split the
difference at 71 percent. Perhaps a better metric of each
region's optimism are the percentages of those who
expected business to remain the same or to decrease.
On the coasts, 3 percent expected business to decrease,
with the remainder, 26 percent in the east and 33 percent
in the west, who expected business to remain the same.
In the central U.S., 13 percent of respondents expected
no change, and 12 percent expected a decline, which
suggests a slower economic recovery.
To different degrees, shops in each region plan to
increase most of their hourly shop rates. In the east, 35
percent of shops plan an average increase of 4.2 percent.
While service and install rates went up, engineering and
instrument rates decreased. In the west, 47 percent of
shops plan a 6.4-percent increase, with higher rates in
all four areas. In the central U.S., 54-percent of shops
plan a 6.3-percent increase, but like the eastern region, it
reported decreases in engineering and instrument rates.
This reinforces the reality of the ADS-B procrastination
penalty. No matter what they fly - piston, turboprop,

jet or rotorcraft - aircraft owners holding out for more
economical equipment will face increased shop rates and
labor costs, according to Adamson.
Technician transition
If aircraft owners wait too long, they may not find
an opening in a shop's schedule to complete the work
before the ADS-B mandate goes into effect on Jan. 1,
2020. The reality that shops can only work on so many
aircraft in a given period is only part of the problem. Of
all survey respondents, 85 percent of shops said finding
qualified technicians is "difficult."
The challenge in finding new technician talent is, for
the most part, a symptom that arises when the younger
generation takes the place of the older. It's happened
before, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and the
consequences were much more traumatic.
As an industry, avionics was born in the mid-1940s
by the generation that fought World War II. Most of
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News November 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Shifting redundancy gears
Member Profile
AEA Rate & Labor Survey
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Real-world Avionics
Antenna Tech
Aviation Aces
Business Basics
Before & After
Meet the AEA board of directors
Avionics technician certifications
Legal Ease
Marketing Report Card
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News November 2014 - Cover1
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Avionics News November 2014 - Aviation Aces
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