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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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.?
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  • 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...
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  • 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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  • BIKE MECHANIC SALARIES
  • I once heard a joke…
  • What do you call a bike mechanic that just got dumped?
  • What do you call a bike mechanic that just got dumped? Homeless.
  • Ever wondered what a bike mechanic gets paid?
  • In 2003 the average annual salary for a high school drop out was $23,013 US Census Bureau
  • In 2003 the average annual salary for a high school drop out was $23,013 US Census Bureau In 2013 the average annual salary for a bike mechanic was $22,337 Salary.com
  • This leads me to ask…
  • This leads me to ask…
  • The average bike mechanic earns less than a
  • The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962
  • The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962 Janitor $25,188
  • The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962 Janitor $25,188 Shoe Repairman $24,274
  • 3 lowest paying states for bike mechanics:
  • 48. Alabama $19,634
  • 49. West Virginia $19,433
  • 50. Mississippi $18,450
  • And the 3 highest paying states:
  • 3. New Jersey $25,509
  • 2. New York $26,045
  • 1. California $26,983
  • And the full list:
  • 1. California: $26,983 (San Francisco) 2. New York: $26,045 (New York) 3. New Jersey: $25,509 (Trenton) 4. Alaska: $25,285 (Anchorage) 5. Hawaii: $24,548 (Honolulu) 6. Delaware: $24,436 (Wilmington) 7. Massachusetts: $24,392 (Boston) 8. Washington: $24,101 (Seattle) 9. Connecticut: $23,856 (Hartford) 10. New Hampshire: $23,565 (Nashua) 11. Illinois: $23,431 (Chicago) 12. Michigan: $23,409 (Ann Arbor) 13. Rhode Island: $23,186 (Providence) 14. Maryland: $23,074 (Baltimore) 15. Pennsylvania: $23,007 (Philadelphia) 16. Oregon: $22,828 (Portland) 17. Maine: $22,806 (Portland) 18. Ohio: $22,694 (Cleveland) 19. Louisiana: $22,627 (New Orleans) 20. Colorado: $22,381 (Boulder) 21. Minnesota: $22,337 (Minneapolis-St. Paul) 22. Virginia: $22,314 (Richmond) 23. Georgia: $22,158 (Atlanta) 24. Arizona: $22,158 (Phoenix) 25. Florida: $21,912 (Miami) 26. Nevada: $21,912 (Las Vegas) 27. Indiana: $21,823 (Indianapolis) 28. Missouri: $21,756 (Kansas City) 29. Texas: $21,644 (Austin) 30. Idaho: $21,622 (Boise) 31. Kansas: $21,510 (Wichita) 32. Vermont: $21,399 (Burlington) 33. Utah: $21,332 (Salt Lake City) 34. Kentucky: $21,265 (Lexington) 35. Iowa: $21,198 (Des Moines) 36. Oklahoma: $21,153 (Tulsa) 37. Nebraska: $20,907 (Omaha) 38. North Carolina: $20,863 (Fayetteville) 39. New México: $20,684 (Albuquerque) 40. Wisconsin: $20,550 (Madison) 41. South Carolina: $20,527 (Columbia) 42. North Dakota: $20,103 (Bismarck)98 43. South Dakota: $20,014 (Rapid City) 44. Tennessee: $19,924 (Chattanooga) 45. Arkansas: $19,880 (Little Rock) 46. Montana: $19,768 (Billings) 47. Wyoming: $19,701 (Casper) 48. Alabama: $19,634 (Montgomery) 49. West Virginia: $19,433 (Charleston) 50. Mississippi: $18,450 (Jackson) Source: Salary.com – Totals are average for the listed city
  • We can compare this to the average personal income in the US: $40,584 Connecticut being the highest at $56,001 and Mississippi the lowest at $31,186. US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis 2010
  • While this is decent pay in some countries. The average cost of living in the US is: $20,194
  • While this is decent pay in some countries. The average cost of living in the US is: $20,194 This is for a single person. Where annual spending on food is $2577, annual spending on housing is $6844, and a car costs $3442 each year. US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013
  • So when comparing national averages: $40,584 income for all people $22,337 income for bike mechanics $20,194 as costs of living Bike mechanics are $18,247 below average income but $2143 above average expenses. At least they can afford a bike.
  • But it also means bike mechanics in 9 states are earning below the national average for expenses. Yikes.
  • Hardly anyone works as bike mechanic because the money is amazing.
  • But earnings this low can make it difficult to live comfortably in many places. Especially in some bigger cities.
  • A bike mechanic in San Francisco earns $26,983 on average. But the average cost of rent is $30,786 for a one bedroom apartment.
  • Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics City Bike Mechanic Salary 1 Bedroom Rent 1. San Francisco, CA $26,983 $30,786 2. New York, NY $26,045 $38,208 3. Trenton, NJ $25,509 $11,340 4. Anchorage, AL $25,509 $12,660 5. Honolulu, HI $24,548 $15,600 6. Wilmington, DE $24, 436 $13,320 7. Boston, MA $24,392 $29,088 8. Seattle, WA $24,101 $14,112 9. Hartford, CT $23,856 $12,600 10. Nashua, NH $23,565 $11,748 Apartmentratings.com
  • Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics City Bike Mechanic Salary 1 Bedroom Rent 1. San Francisco, CA $26,983 $30,786 2. New York, NY $26,045 $38,208 3. Trenton, NJ $25,509 $11,340 4. Anchorage, AL $25,509 $12,660 5. Honolulu, HI $24,548 $15,600 6. Wilmington, DE $24, 436 $13,320 7. Boston, MA $24,392 $29,088 8. Seattle, WA $24,101 $14,112 9. Hartford, CT $23,856 $12,600 10. Nashua, NH $23,565 $11,748 In these cities more than 50% of annual income goes to rent Apartmentratings.com
  • Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics City Bike Mechanic Salary 1 Bedroom Rent 1. San Francisco, CA $26,983 $30,786 2. New York, NY $26,045 $38,208 3. Trenton, NJ $25,509 $11,340 4. Anchorage, AL $25,509 $12,660 5. Honolulu, HI $24,548 $15,600 6. Wilmington, DE $24, 436 $13,320 7. Boston, MA $24,392 $29,088 8. Seattle, WA $24,101 $14,112 9. Hartford, CT $23,856 $12,600 10. Nashua, NH $23,565 $11,748 And in these cities, yeah, that’s a real freakin’ bummer right there. Apartmentratings.com
  • How can this be changed? How can bike work be valued for more?
  • How can this be changed? How can bike work be valued for more? When a bike can cost $8000, why is the tune-up only $80?
  • How can this be changed? How can bike work be valued for more? When a bike can cost $8000, why is the tune-up only $80? Are customers unwilling to pay more? Or are mechanics afraid to charge more?
  • Please comment with ideas and share these questions with others.
  • Please comment with ideas and share these questions with others. Thank you @donnyperry