Yea but the quality of life is what I care about, I got friends at delta, united, and american and let me tell you when I Interned at delta I had guys who've been line techs for 30+ years tell me they regret not going to school for something else or not just becoming a pilot.
I'm not doing it for the money, I originally wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid but seeing the cost crushed my dream but now that I make decent money as a line tech i can save up and become a pilot and live my dream, even just a job at a regional makes 60+ a year which is more than enough for me, as long as I can fly and make a decent living I dont care.
There isnt a just a shortage of mechanics also a shortage of pilots, look at horizon cancelling 300 flights for july, republic airlines is getting fucked too. Every airlines is increasing its fleet size as well, then there's ASIA.
Man do you really think I wanna be unclogging toilets on 767's every day or changing tires, cleaning windshields, changing oil filters in sideways rain or working on bleed air cooling ducts in the summer after the engine shuts down? Just the fact that we turn engines on, get to taxi the planes and do full power runs is so unfulfilling, sit there with the feet on the brakes while the engine runs at TOGA for like 2 mins straight, yawn.
Then theres the pilots I talk to, not a single one of them will say they dislike there job.