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Yearly salary for motorcycle mechanic??

I'm just curious, how much do you think a sportbike mechanic would make in a year? Would working on sportbikes pay more than working on Harleys? I'm just curious, and I can't seem to get answer anywhere else. Thanks in advance!!
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My guess would be harley tech. Im sure the dealerships have more work for the techs.
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Depends on where you work, and how talented you are.
Back in the day I wouldn't have traded a job shoveling shit for the pay/work of a CCC wrench. Top that off by having to buy your own tools?

Tough hump to pay your bills. That said, if you love it - give it a shot. Lots of job security if you prove yourself. There will always be a need for people like you to help people like me (that are mechanically stupid).

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30 to 40k per year on a busy local crotch rocket shop. You might be better off going somewhere south that people are able to ride 365 days a year.
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There are shops that just work on sportbikes? That's a new one to me.
My friend pulls in about 35,000...every year it goes up quite a bit, because the shop is expanding like no tomorrow!

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Great techs make at least 60k a year. Starting level would be around 30k.
Like underdog said payn for school and tools then everyday bills tough hump to pay.
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Great techs make at least 60k a year. Starting level would be around 30k.
Like underdog said payn for school and tools then everyday bills tough hump to pay.
Where is this shop at?
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Where is this shop at?
Any mutli line dealerships can provide enough work for exp. techs to make at 60k and up. The techs that aren't just need more exp or just suck.
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well.. I am, and could you elaborate on where you get this information from?

From the people that I know in the business, 40K is about tops at a motorcycle shop. Just trying to understand where you get your numbers from, and why techs that make under 60K "suck". There's one other tech at my shop, and I know we both aren't even close to 60K..
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There is no way in hell a tech is making 60K a year unless he lives in Cali. No fuckin way!
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there are some pretty damn good service managers in the chicago area that aren't making 60k, let alone the techs

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Well I was a ass. manger at a 4 line dealership and one of the techs made over 60k as a tech. The other top tech made close to 56k. One of my close personal friends has been in the busniess for 17years and was making 85k at a muti-line dealership 5 years ago. Now his is a manger at a 1 line dealership and his top tech makes about 45k. If you been in the busniess for 10+ years and not making 45k+ either your doing something wrong or working at a horrible dealership. Even lemco can provide a pay structure for a tech to make 40k.
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there are some pretty damn good service managers in the chicago area that aren't making 60k, let alone the techs
Most service mangers dont make more then the top tech in the shop.
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There is no way in hell a tech is making 60K a year unless he lives in Cali. No fuckin way!
Must not know to many tech's.
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my best friends are techs and my other friend owns 2 shops. I call total bullshit.
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This is simple math.
How long does it take to change oil on a sportbike?
How long to do the first service which is basicly a oil change and tight a few nuts?
How long to change a set of tires?
How long to check valves?
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who wants sit on here all night and argue the point, we all know how arguements on the internet go. If you know of some dealers that are paying good techs money like that in or around chicago, why don't you inform the techs and potential techs monitoring this thread where they can get a fat check for spinning a wrench. Cha ching!!

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who wants sit on here all night and argue the point, we all know how arguements on the internet go. If you know of some dealers that are paying good techs money like that in or around chicago, why don't you inform the techs and potential techs monitoring this thread where they can get a fat check for spinning a wrench. Cha ching!!

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Good tech 23.00 a hr x avg. 50 books hours a week x 52 weeks = 59800
Good techs can do more then 50 book hrs in week during summer so it avg. out during the winter when they get 40hrs base. Most tech also our set up on a bonus plan book more then 50 get 2.00 or more a hour. Simple math ppl.
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okey dokey, but your simple math isn't helping anyone

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who wants sit on here all night and argue the point, we all know how arguements on the internet go. If you know of some dealers that are paying good techs money like that in or around chicago, why don't you inform the techs and potential techs monitoring this thread where they can get a fat check for spinning a wrench. Cha ching!!
No one ask about a job the question was how much can a motorcycle tech make. I would never inform anyone of a place that pays well. Cause no dealership is going to let a tech walk in the door. Start them off at top tech pay they must prove themselfs or call around and see who is hiring. Also talking to the service manger is not always the smartest thing either. There usually on base pay with a commisson of profit of service and warranty work.
GM will give you the best startin pay.
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I'm just curious, how much do you think a sportbike mechanic would make in a year? Would working on sportbikes pay more than working on Harleys? I'm just curious, and I can't seem to get answer anywhere else. Thanks in advance!!
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okey dokey, but your simple math isn't helping anyone
I don't think he was asking where to go work but which be better harley vs sportbike.

I don't know the answer cause I don't know any harley techs. but from my experience harley would be my guess ppl who them spend the money for maintance and accessiores. Where as the sportbike ppl usually do there own work or a buddy and usually dont have the money to spend... Just my
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Welp, once I find a shop that I can average 50hrs a week in the winter, I guess Im all set.

The dealer I work at, there is no top tech. There's me and another guy that work year round, and then they usually hire 2 or 3 other guys to work in summer. I guess maybe it would help to work at a multi-line, or possibly a place that does watercraft, and snowmobiles. The store I work at does not.. Bikes and ATV's is it. However, I think it is near impossible to average 50hrs over the course of a year. A more realistic number would be more around 38hrs for the entire year. Im heading back to the car dealers anywho, since that indeed is where the $$ is at..
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Welp, once I find a shop that I can average 50hrs a week in the winter, I guess Im all set.

The dealer I work at, there is no top tech. There's me and another guy that work year round, and then they usually hire 2 or 3 other guys to work in summer. I guess maybe it would help to work at a multi-line, or possibly a place that does watercraft, and snowmobiles. The store I work at does not.. Bikes and ATV's is it. However, I think it is near impossible to average 50hrs over the course of a year. A more realistic number would be more around 38hrs for the entire year. Im heading back to the car dealers anywho, since that indeed is where the $$ is at..

DGY,CCC,CSC,Willy World all mutiline dealerships that are real busy during the summer. I got to think with the units ccc sells doing preps should get any tech close to that number quick.
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