Automotive mechanics earn more than their counterparts in the private sector, but they still make a lot less than most, according to a new study.
That’s because they don’t have enough time to learn new skills, and are often forced to stay at the same jobs.
For the study, National Geographic analyzed data from more than 60 years of federal data, including annual paychecks of over 11 million Americans.
They found that the median annual salary for a motorcycle mechanic was $67,600, with an average salary of $65,600.
That was down from a peak of $89,600 in 1984.
But it was still the highest hourly pay for a mechanic in the United States in 2007.
That gap is likely to widen as more people start working in service occupations.
For example, in 2015, the average hourly wage for a mechanical mechanic in New York City was $52,300, up from $49,800 in 2014, according the National Automotive Dealers Association.
The National Association of Manufacturers has estimated that the average motorcycle mechanic earns between $50,000 and $60,000 annually.
This study is part of a National Geographic series exploring the hidden costs of the American economy.