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Motorcycle Mechanic Salaries: Ranking the Highest Paying States

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 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual median salary for motorcycle mechanics in May 2020 was $38,010.30 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 2020. 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. Nevada: $56,940

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.

2. Rhode Island: $53,710

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.

3. New Hampshire: $48,690

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. Connecticut: $46,720

Connecticut has many picturesque landscapes for motorcyclists to cruise on, from the Connecticut River Valley to the Atlantic coast shoreline. Combining this with the safe driving concerns reported in 2018, and there are opportunities for motorcycle technicians.

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

5. Kansas: $45,350

For motorcyclists craving beautiful scenery and solitude, Kansas is a great place to ride. Prairies, farmland and biker-friendly restaurants and cafes pop up along Kansas roads. There are dozens of scenic routes motorcyclists can take in Kansas, which means these riders must rely on mechanics to keep their bikes running.

6. New York: $45,230

With the COVID-19 pandemic making people hesitant to take public transportation in 2020, a lot of motorcycle shops saw a big boom in business. More motorcyclists on the roads means there could be more opportunities to find work as a motorcycle technician.

7. New Jersey: $43,020

From hills to valleys to beaches, New Jersey has diverse scenery for motorcycle riders to take in. Some take rides past mansions and parks, while others wind around mountains and through farmlands. With so much variety in scenery, it’s easy for riders to spend a couple of days or more checking out all the fun routes, which creates a need for skilled technicians who can work on bikes.

8. California: $42,910

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.

9. North Dakota: $42,420

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.

10. Pennsylvania: $42,210

Pennsylvania offers motorcycle riders two federally designated U.S. scenic byways, 15 state-designated byways and one national forest scenic byway, so it’s no wonder this state is also a popular destination for riders.

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

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
2Rhode Island$53,710
3New Hampshire
6New York
7New Jersey$43,020
9North Dakota
34South Carolina$35,900
39South Dakota$35,070
41North Carolina$33,160
48New Mexico$29,610
49West Virginia
51District of ColumbiaN/A

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 42-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 is for Motorcycle Mechanics as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2020 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 $15.94 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2020 Occupational Employment and Wages, Motorcycle Mechanics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentiles of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $12.31 and $10.56, respectively.

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