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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 sa...
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...
We can compare this to the average
personal income in the US:

$40,584
Connecticut being the highest at $56,001
and Missis...
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....
So when comparing national averages:
$40,584 income for all people
$22,337 income for bike mechanics
$20,194 as costs of l...
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 apart...
Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics
City

Bike Mechanic Salary

1 Bedroom Rent

1. San Francisco, CA

$26,983

$...
Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics
City

Bike Mechanic Salary

1 Bedroom Rent

1. San Francisco, CA

$26,983

$...
Let’s look at these cities for bike mechanics
City

Bike Mechanic Salary

1 Bedroom Rent

1. San Francisco, CA

$26,983

$...
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?
Ar...
Please comment with ideas
and share these questions with others.
Please comment with ideas
and share these questions with others.
Thank you
@donnyperry
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Bike Mechanic Salaries

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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 through the numbers showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of bike mechanic salaries.

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  • We are finding a hard time finding a Bike Mechanic to join our team at ElliptiGO. Does anyone have any ideas on good sites to post our job on?
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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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  1. 1. BIKE MECHANIC SALARIES
  2. 2. I once heard a joke…
  3. 3. What do you call a bike mechanic that just got dumped?
  4. 4. What do you call a bike mechanic that just got dumped? Homeless.
  5. 5. Ever wondered what a bike mechanic gets paid?
  6. 6. In 2003 the average annual salary for a high school drop out was $23,013 US Census Bureau
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. This leads me to ask…
  9. 9. This leads me to ask…
  10. 10. The average bike mechanic earns less than a
  11. 11. The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962
  12. 12. The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962 Janitor $25,188
  13. 13. The average bike mechanic earns less than a Gardener $29,962 Janitor $25,188 Shoe Repairman $24,274
  14. 14. 3 lowest paying states for bike mechanics:
  15. 15. 48. Alabama $19,634
  16. 16. 49. West Virginia $19,433
  17. 17. 50. Mississippi $18,450
  18. 18. And the 3 highest paying states:
  19. 19. 3. New Jersey $25,509
  20. 20. 2. New York $26,045
  21. 21. 1. California $26,983
  22. 22. And the full list:
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. While this is decent pay in some countries. The average cost of living in the US is: $20,194
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. But it also means bike mechanics in 9 states are earning below the national average for expenses. Yikes.
  29. 29. Hardly anyone works as bike mechanic because the money is amazing.
  30. 30. But earnings this low can make it difficult to live comfortably in many places. Especially in some bigger cities.
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. How can this be changed? How can bike work be valued for more?
  36. 36. 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?
  37. 37. 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?
  38. 38. Please comment with ideas and share these questions with others.
  39. 39. Please comment with ideas and share these questions with others. Thank you @donnyperry
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