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Ranking the Highest Paying Motorcycle Mechanic Salaries

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. 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 wage for motorcycle mechanics in May 2019 was $37,600.30 That means half of motorcycle mechanics made more than that and half made less. You might have the potential to earn a higher salary depending on where you live, increased demand for motorcycle mechanics and cost of living.

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 Salaries for Motorcycle Mechanics

Median wages reported in May 2019. BLS has data for all but Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia. However, keep in mind that motorcycle mechanic positions exist in every state.

1. Nevada: $54,430

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. California: $48,450

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 Jersey: $48,080

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.

4. New Hampshire: $44,780

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.

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

5. Minnesota: $44,690

Minnesota boasts 22 scenic byways and even more loop routes that motorcyclists love to ride on. Along the way, bikers can see Lake Superior, rivers and other lakes, then head to prairies and woods for a change in scenery. The state also hosts rallies and events throughout the year.

6. Kansas: $42,450

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.

7. Washington: $41,740

Washington is home to the Pacific Northwest Museum of Motorcycling, a virtual museum dedicated to preserving Northwest motorcycle history. Pacific Northwest motorcycle rides take bikers through scenic routes along rugged mountains, brilliant blue lakes and rocky hills. Motorcyclists travel through Washington into Oregon and Canada (and vice-versa), making it a popular ride stop that needs expert technicians.

8. Georgia: $41,440

Georgia is home to mountains and waterfalls, two pieces of nature that are a motorcyclist’s dream. There are tons of motorcycle loops throughout Georgia. The state is also home to charity rides and poker runs, where riders collect playing cards at various checkpoints, with the winner being the person holding the best poker hand at the end.

9. Massachusetts: $40,160

Massachusetts is great for East Coast riding, with rolling farmlands throughout central Massachusetts and friendly towns surrounding routes. Riders can visit the rural Berkshires region of western Massachusetts or head out on the coast. There are also mountain rides, which add to the state’s popularity with traveling bikers.

10. North Dakota & Pennsylvania: $40,130

Coming in tied for spot No. 10, North Dakota and Pennsylvania are both hubs for motorcycle riders. Known for its sprawling acres of farmland, riders flock to North Dakota to ride along the interstate and explore side roads for unique adventures. 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. This creates exciting job opportunities for technicians in both states.

Ranking All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Nevada$54,430
2California$48,450
3New Jersey$48,080
4New Hampshire$44,780
5Minnesota$44,690
6Kansas$42,450
7Washington$41,740
8Georgia$41,440
9Massachusetts$40,160
10North Dakota$40,130
10Pennsylvania$40,130
12Connecticut$39,890
13New York$39,370
14Utah$38,980
15Virginia$38,890
16Texas$38,740
17Maryland$38,340
18Tennessee$38,330
19Oregon$37,740
20Nebraska$37,600
21Colorado$37,290
22Missouri$37,040
23Kentucky$37,000
24Hawaii$36,980
25Idaho$36,850
26Indiana$36,750
27Mississippi$36,590
28Maine$36,420
28Wisconsin$36,420
30Arizona$36,340
31Alabama$36,100
32Florida$35,920
33Montana$35,310
34North Carolina$35,190
35Wyoming$35,110
36Illinois$34,990
37Michigan$34,650
38Louisiana$34,290
39Ohio$34,150
40Oklahoma$33,000
41South Carolina$32,840
42Vermont$32,620
43South Dakota$32,350
44Iowa$31,470
45Arkansas$30,670
46New Mexico$28,660
47West Virginia$28,630
48AlaskaN/A
49DelawareN/A
50Rhode IslandN/A
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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