UPS Mechanic–What's in a Name? - Air Cargo World Currently, close to 1,400 Teamsters mechanics are negotiating a new contract with UPS Airlines. They are worried about their jobs being outsourced to other countries. According to UPS, its line maintenance mechanics are paid a base salary of $43 an hour, or the equivalent of close to $90,000 a year. The group currently enjoys a 401K and pension plan. To date they have not had to pay for healthcare benefits. To put this in context, UPS supplies a convenient salary comparison: FedEx pays its line mechanics just over $40.00 an hour while the top rate at ABX is $32.70. US Airways mechanics earn just $29.06 an hour.