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Motorcycle Mechanic Median Annual Salary: Top Paying by State Ranking

Feb 5, 2021 ·

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If you love motorcycles, working on them every day could be a dream job. Being able to fix bikes and thrill your customers can be a rewarding experience. Plus, you get to check out sleek vintage and new models you might even want to get for yourself someday.

As with any career, there are many different factors to take into account when thinking about becoming a motorcycle technician, also known as a motorcycle mechanic.1 These include industry demand, job outlook and salary, just to name a few. Considering these things upfront can help you feel confident in your decision to train for a career in the field!

How Much Do Motorcycle Mechanics Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual median salary for motorcycle mechanics in the United States was $43,370 in May 2022.30 This means half of motorcycle technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

If you’re wondering how motorcycle mechanic salaries vary, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to get an idea of what motorcycle mechanics are earning so you can plan your next career move.

Top 10 Annual Median Salaries for Motorcycle Mechanics

Median wages reported in May 2021. BLS has data for all but Delaware and the District of Columbia. However, keep in mind that motorcycle mechanic positions exist in every state.

1. Rhode Island: $59,030

Rhode Island features many quaint towns and well-maintained roadways that make riding motorcycles enjoyable and scenic. Bikers can enjoy the routes that run through diverse landscapes, from forests to beaches.

2. California: $47,610

California is the third-largest state in the country and home to one of the world’s most prominent motorcycle cultures. There are tons of open roads for motorcyclists to take rides through mountains and cities. Motorcycle rides along the Pacific Ocean coastline also are popular, so having mechanics along the way is a necessity.

3. New Hampshire: $47,060

New Hampshire is one of the states most densely populated with motorcyclists. It’s home to Laconia Motorcycle Week, one of the country’s oldest motorcycle rallies, which dates back to the early 1900s and attracts hundreds of thousands of bikers a year. The locals and visitors who come through mean motorcycle mechanics are in demand in this state.

4. Utah: $46,770

Utah ranks third for state with the highest number of national parks. With places like Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park and Canyon Reef, its no wonder motorcyclists like to flock to this corner of the Southwest to ride — good news for motorcycle mechanics. 

A motorcycle student makes an adjustment to a bike in an MMI lab.

5. Nevada: $46,760

Nevada offers a variety of scenic tracks for motorcyclists, including those in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Hoover Dam Loop. Las Vegas is a popular tourist area for visiting motorcyclists, so there are plenty of motorcycle repair opportunities for those skilled in the trade. Nevada also hosts motorcycle events and biker rallies throughout the year, which creates a vibrant culture for those who work on motorcycles in the state.

6. North Dakota: $46,750

Known for its sprawling acres of farmland, riders flock to North Dakota to ride along the interstate and explore side roads for unique adventures. This creates exciting job opportunities for technicians.

7. Vermont: $46,700

The Green Mountain State offers hundreds of miles of beautifully scenic byways and dirt road highways perfect for a motorcycle. The need for motorcycle mechanics comes from a variety of a bikers — sport riders embrace twisty bits like Route 232, while touring riders can unwind on roads like Vermont Route 30.

8. Colorado: $45,690

The mountaineer biker is ready to hit the roads of Colorado. With its skyways and a byway all the way to the top of the Rocky Mountains, motorcycling is a way of life in Colorado, making it a good place to be for motorcycle mechanics. 

9. Oregon: $45,400

For those ready to see where the forest meets the Pacific Ocean, Oregon offers a beautiful coastline highway ride. Oregon experiences a lot of tourism as well, bringing both visitors and residents into the motorcycle mechanic shop when needed.

10. Washington: $44,970

Just above Oregon is similar beautiful coastline, but with even more greenery and tourism, as Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. In Motorcycle Roads’ list of the top 100 rides in the country, you’ll see Washington listed a couple times, making it a great place to ride and work.

Ranking Motorcycle Mechanic Salaries in All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1 RI $59,030
2 CA $47,610
3 NH $47,060
4 UT $46,770
5 NV $46,760
6 ND $46,750
7 VT $46,700
8 CO $45,690
9 OR $45,400
10 WA $44,970
11 ID $44,420
12 NY $43,570
13 GA $43,170
14 NC $41,820
15 MA $39,690
16 MO $39,420
17 CT $38,820
18 MS $38,540
19 NE $38,490
20 VA $38,390
21 HI $38,340
22 AK $38,310
23 WI $38,210
24 MT $37,920
25 MD $37,720
26 FL $37,540
27 NJ $37,530
28 MN $37,490

TX $37,490
29IN $37,480

ME $37,480
30KS $37,350

KY $37,350

MI $37,350
31OH $37,340
32IA $37,260
33OK $37,050

WY $37,050
34TN $36,960
35PA $36,870

SD $36,870
36AL $36,280
37SC $36,000
38LA $34,570
39AZ $34,390
40IL $33,550
41WV $29,210
42NM $27,890
43AR $25,520

Train for a Career in the Motorcycle Industry

Part of the excitement of working on motorcycles as a technician is that every day is different. From the bikes you work on to the people you meet, one thing stays constant: the love of motorcycle culture.

If motorcycles are your passion and you want to make a career out of working on them, check out the Motorcycle Technician training program offered at Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), a division of Universal Technical Institute (UTI).

In this 48-week program,7 you’ll learn the key components of motorcycle technology and have the opportunity to complete manufacturer-specific courses on some of the top brands in the industry. To learn more, visit our program page and request information to get in touch with one of our Admissions Representatives today.

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30) MMI’s Motorcycle Technician Training Program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as motorcycle technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Motorcycle Mechanics as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2022 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for MMI graduates. MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. MMI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some MMI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a motorcycle technician, such as service writer, equipment maintenance, and parts associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary for persons employed as Motorcycle Mechanic (49-3052) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,660 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled motorcycle technicians in North Carolina is $22.32 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2022 Occupational Employment and Wages, Motorcycle Mechanics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $14.62 and $13.50, respectively.

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