Small Engine Mechanic Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Small Engine Mechanics comes from commissions — roughly a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $30K. Approximately two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,685 - $50,684
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$51K
MEDIAN: $31,629
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90%

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$9.80 - $19.45
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,685 - $50,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Profit Sharing
$900  
Commission
$9,999  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,883 - $44,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $19.45  
   
Overtime
$13.72 - $28.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
Commission
$9,999  
Profit Sharing
$900  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,883 - $44,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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Job Description for Small Engine Mechanic

Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics use a variety of hand tools, including screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. Mechanics regularly work with power equipment, ranging from snowmobiles to chainsaws. When equipment breaks down, mechanics use many strategies to diagnose the source and the extent of the problem. Small engine mechanics determine mechanical, electrical, and fuel problems and make necessary repairs.

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Small Engine Mechanic Tasks

  • Document transactions and work.
  • Educate customers on equipment maintenance, selling parts and equipment as needed.
  • Diagnose, fix and upkeep small combustion engines (e.g. lawn mowers, portable saws, etc.).

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Small Engine Mechanics who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Mechanic, Mechanical Tool Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Electronic Troubleshooting and Mechanical Tool Repair also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Customer Service tends to also indicate an understanding of Mechanical Tool Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Small Engine Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Small Engine Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $26K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $28K. Small Engine Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Small Engine Mechanic generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $35K.

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Experience Affects Small Engine Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Small Engine Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Mechanic
up arrow 9%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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