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Bike Mechanic Salaries

by SBCU Global Development Manager at Specialized on Feb 09, 2014

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Have you ever wondered how much a bike mechanic earns? Or how their salary compares to other careers like being a gardener or janitor? And which state pays the best for bike mechanics? This deck runs ...

Have you ever wondered how much a bike mechanic earns? Or how their salary compares to other careers like being a gardener or janitor? And which state pays the best for bike mechanics? This deck runs through the numbers showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of bike mechanic salaries.

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  • ldsnow ldsnow i've always maintained that 'preassembly' is the biggest dis'service' that a manufacturer can 'provide' their dealers. remember when cannondales came in 2 boxes? one with the frame and fork and the other with the build kit? but i digress...

    Paul Anderson, the idea isn't that manufacturers are evil here, you as a shop owner control what you pay your employees. if you feel they merit more pay, it is your responsibility to find a way to make that happen, not your brands. i can say with certainty that prior to obamacare no shop owner i met lived without health insurance whereas no mechanics and only a very few managers i knew were offered such benefits.
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  • Oemerckx55 Oemerckx55 Paul Anderson. A good point! I have also seen that some manufacturers gladly pass on some adjustments I consider part of the assembling of a bike to the store-owners. Even if retailers should know how to give new bikes a thorough delivery service, the earnings drop sharply if you have to spend additional timecorrecting a sloppy build-up and loosely built wheels out of true. Some brands are a joy to give a final checkup to because they are correctly adjusted at the factory, while with other brands you'll end up doing partial rebuilds on the bikes before you can let the customer have their new bike. 1 month ago
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  • PaulAnderson27 Paul Anderson When the manufacturers impose a legitimate retail price instead of map (make no money) pricing then us store owners can pay mechanics what they truly deserve.How can we pay a mechanic when a $2000.bike from our major supplier allows it to be sold at map for $1800.? 1 month ago
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  • ldsnow ldsnow i think that donny is way out of touch. at SBCU he should realize that asking 'are mechanics unwilling to charge more?' is not even relevant. shop owners are the ones that dictate a mechanic's earnings. i worked at a specialized dealer a long time ago and fought to get paid more than $10 per hour as a full time employee. factor in things like uncompensated overtime, nonexistent benefits and inability to collect unemployment when told not to come in all winter and things start to look even uglier... 1 month ago
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  • PatrickGallagher3 Patrick Gallagher I would not say we undervalue human capital; we simply have a small demand for bicycle mechanics in respect to the supply of bicycle mechanics. That said; most bike mechanics don't make a lot of money. Median values would be a more useful statistic and likely paint even a less optimistic picture for bicycle mechanic as a career choice.

    I have encountered mechanics whose services are not worth $10K per year and others that whose services are worth their weight in carbon fiber. In my experience, the former greatly outweigh the latter, thus I would expect the actual median salary to be even lower than the average figure used in the slide show. In other words, most mechanics make much less than the $22K figure provided and a relatively few make above $22K. Without objective data, these are guesses.

    I would be interested to see more data on bicycle mechanic demand (to address slide 37). I suspect region comes into play in terms of types of bikes, disposable income of riders, riding conditions, seasons, and so forth and compare this data against cost and types of repairs, business climate (high vs. low overhead), competition factors (bike shops per x number of residents, x number of cyclist and so on). In other words, we need to understand how great is the demand is for the service vs. the other options.

    Sounds like a fun thesis for student to dig into for a semester or two.
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  • michaeljacob520 Michael Jacob I have been a bicycle mechanic for almost 30 years. I better start finding a new line of work. This winter im sitting home out of work ,two months behind on my rent. I was let go in September from a shop i was working for for a lame excuse. The real reason was the lard ass that owned the store could not pay me anymore. These owners want you at their disposal. They only want you about 5 months out of the year when the shop is very busy. They also want you to work weekends out of the goodness of your heart. No overtime or extra pay. I can do 2 high end repairs and that can pay my salary for the whole week. All the other repairs i do the money goes in the owners pocket. Not mine. These bike shop owners in New York are greedy. Now we have corporate stores. They got the nerve to require mechanics to drop their tools to run out on the sales floor to sell bikes. We all know the best mechanics are not good salesmen. When i see a bike job posted online , you see a long list of things you must be able to do. Not one of these ads mutter a word of what the job pays. They ask you for salary requirements which means they will hire the person who has the most qualifications and is asking for the least amount of money. I think the whole industry is going down the toilet... 2 months ago
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  • Oemerckx55 Oemerckx55 Just because people might be able to repair their bikes themselves doesn't automatically mean that the bike mechanics work is worth less.
    Unfortunately the bike sphere is 'attacked' also by the social and community work sector that provide 'emergency work' for unemployed. You can get quality work done in these shops but usually it is not up to any higher standards. Unfortunately the same thing applies for much of the bike-trade in general.
    The answer is as you state: to specialize! I also think that the mechanic has to have a very keen sense for cost-effectiveness, even though it breaks my heart to have to scrap nice components due to no spares available or too expensive spares being offered.
    Some people also think that the new commuter bike they paid 800 USD for is maintenance free and should stand up to everyday use for a longer time without maintenance.
    That this isn't true they learn when they haven't brought the bike to the first inspection (often free) after 200 miles or 6-12 month that the bikeshop selling the bikes recommend.
    To think that you know how to repair your bike is not the same as actually doing it.To have the tools and the facilities and the necessary skills is rather expensive too.
    But people don't value bike-mechanics as the craftsmen they can be, or take into account the cost of tools and time and needed space for bike-repair done at home once or twice a year.
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  • luisgponton Luis Ponton at retired We don't get paid a fair salary for all the work we do, customers bring their bikes dirty we have to deal with all type of problems and only a few appreciate our work and tip us. Shop owner makes a profit on our work but don't compensate us adequately. 2 months ago
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  • CourtneyNielsen Courtney Nielsen Having become freinds with my mechanics, their shop became a hangout spot, and I am pretty blown away by how much people complain about $5 & $10 repairs. It's pretty common for someone to come into the shop and after hearing these 1-digit prices, they'll actually ask to borrow tools to do it themselves outside.

    Add to it the extremely low overhead of many local bike shops, having been overrun by chain bike stores and web stores, there's simply no money to pay the employees. It's like teaching, a labor of love.
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