Outdoor Power Equipment / Other Small Engine Mechanic Salary
Men make up the majority of Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $14.52 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Approximately one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Outdoor Power Equipment / Other Small Engine Mechanic
Outdoor power equipment/small engine mechanics work primarily indoors in a garage setting, but may also test some equipment outdoors on occasion. They often work for farms, home improvement stores, and small family-owned businesses.Read More...
Small engine mechanics typically work on their own with minimal supervision, but may also work on teams during peak outdoor equipment season. Clients for this type of work include both businesses and individual customers with malfunctioning outdoor power equipment. Most of these mechanics learn through experience and on-the-job training, and certifications via the Equipment and Engine Training Council are also available. Work hours can be flexible, especially when there is no need to interact directly with customers.
A typical day involves taking stock of engines in need of repair and providing a tentative estimate for when they will be fixed. In cases in which some engines may cost customers too much to repair, recommendations should be provided for how to best address the problem or simply purchase a new engine. These mechanics gain vast amounts of knowledge over time and must be familiar with engines of several manufacturers and styles, such as two-stroke and four-stroke.
Outdoor Power Equipment / Other Small Engine Mechanic Tasks
- Diagnose, fix and upkeep small combustion engines (e.g. lawn mowers, portable saws, etc.).
- Educate customers on equipment maintenance, selling parts and equipment as needed.
- Document transactions and work.
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Pay by Experience Level for Outdoor Power Equipment / Other Small Engine Mechanic
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $34K.