Flight pay is based on rank and what slot you hold. I'm guessing corvette was a SPC in an OR slot by the amount he listed. I was getting 190 at my last unit as an e5 in a flight slot. I understand the tangos do less of their own maintenance and flight is the place to be. There was not a day during the deployment where we worked less than the maintenance kids.
The normal pay is just your base pay as whatever grade you are. There are job sites online where you can post your resume. You should be fairly employable with the A&P. You should look into it before you join up.