Motorcycle mechanics perform routine maintenance and repairs on the engines and other parts of motorcycles. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the demand for motorcycle mechanics will increase 9 percent from 2008 through 2018. Educational requirements vary from employer to employer, but most prefer applicants with a high school diploma. As of May 2009, motorcycle mechanics earned an average of $33,870 per year.
The number of years she worked in the field influenced the average salary of a motorcycle mechanic, according to Payscale. Mechanics with one to four years’ experience earned an average of $21,528 to $31,491 per year as of November 2010. With five to nine years’ experience, mechanics made an annual average of $28,142 to $37,128. Motorcycle mechanics with 10 to 19 years’ experience averaged $29,889 to $45,094 annually.
The employer type and structure of a motorcycle mechanic also contributed to his average annual salary, explains Payscale. Self-employed mechanics enjoyed the highest average annual salaries as of November 2010, at $30,326 to $53,456. Mechanics who worked for franchises averaged $24,939 to $39,520 per year. Incorporated companies paid an average of $23,608 to $36,129 per year, and other types of private firms like partnerships paid an average of $18,720 to $30,118 annually.
Motorcycle mechanics’ salaries varied throughout different industries, according to BLS. Vehicle retail dealerships served as the largest employers of mechanics; professionals employed in this industry earned an average of $33,810 per year as of May 2009. Motor vehicle wholesalers paid the highest average annual salaries to motorcycle mechanics at $49,190. Mechanics employed by motor vehicle manufacturers made an average of $47,940 per year, while those who worked at automobile parts and accessories stories averaged $25,350 annually.
The salary rates for motorcycle mechanics differed throughout the United States based on geographic location, according to BLS. Wyoming had the highest concentration of motorcycle mechanics; repair technicians employed in the state made an average of $32,590 per year as of May 2009. Mechanics in Maryland and California received the highest average annual salaries, at $39,940 and $41,590, respectively. Other high-paying states for mechanics included Massachusetts, Nevada and Connecticut, where mechanics averaged $38,470 to $38,860 per year.