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Career Profile: Motorcycle Mechanics

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 16,600 people employed as motorcycle mechanics in the United States. The median annual salary is $38,170. Entry level employees earn approximately $27,890 per year and senior employees earn approximately $60,420 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.
  • Install motorcycle accessories.
  • Reassemble and test subassembly units.
  • Hammer out dents and bends in frames and weld tears and breaks.
  • Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
  • Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
  • Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
  • Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.
  • Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.
  • Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.
  • Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
  • Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.
  • Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
16,600
Annual Openings:
1,800
Increase in Openings by 2031:
4%
Annual Salary Range:
$27,890 - $60,420
Education Requirements:
Some college