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Overview
Small engine mechanics inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. Mechanics often specialize in one type of equipment, such as motorcycles, motorboats, or outdoor power equipment.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics are expected to grow by 10%, and should have about 4,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics are more likely to be automated than 81% of other careers.
Workforce size
Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics, with 37,600 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
Only 5% of small engine mechanics have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by small engine mechanics
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer small engine mechanics have bachelor's degrees than 83% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 74% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics.
This job's median $35KAll jobs' median $39K$34K$38K20142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 2% of small engine mechanics -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of small engine mechanics
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For small engine mechanics, the median men's salary was 7% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 8% of small engine mechanics are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of small engine mechanics
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 28% of small engine mechanics, and 37% have company-sponsored health insurance (22% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for small engine mechanics
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (70%)
  • Time Pressure (68%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (65%)
  • Consequence of Error (45%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (43%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (39%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do small engine mechanics earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group small engine mechanics, which combines the data for 3 careers, including outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all small engine mechanics, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for small engine mechanics compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for small engine mechanics (ACS Salary Data)
$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Small engine mechanics (ACS)
Private for-profit (75.9%)
Private not-for-profit (1.2%)
Local government (0.8%)
State government (0.6%)
Federal government (3.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (12.7%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of small engine mechanics by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of small engine mechanics, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$32K$24K$32K$29K$37K$32K$43K$11K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Working without paySelf-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for small engine mechanics

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Small engine mechanics and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Small engine mechanics
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for small engine mechanics, with the median salary for men 7% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Small engine mechanics have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of small engine mechanics

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority small engine mechanics than for 97% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of small engine mechanics
White (90% )
Black (4% )
Other (2% )
Multiracial (1% )
Asian (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for small engine mechanics by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for small engine mechanics by nativity
$29K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as small engine mechanics as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for small engine mechanics.

Education attained by small engine mechanics
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

Motorboat and outdoor power equipment mechanics typically begin work with a high school diploma and learn on the job, although some of them seek postsecondary education. High school or vocational school courses in small engine repair and automobile mechanics are often beneficial.

Motorcycle mechanics typically complete postsecondary education programs in motorcycle repair, and employers prefer to hire these workers because they usually require less on-the-job training.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

Many motorboat and motorcycle manufacturers offer certification specific to their own models, and certification from the Equipment & Engine Training Council is the recognized industry credential for outdoor power equipment mechanics. Although not required, certification can demonstrate a mechanic’s competence and usually brings higher pay.

Motorcycle mechanics usually need a driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for small engine mechanics? Below we see the distribution of small engine mechanics salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as small engine mechanics, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$26K$32K$33K$33K$36K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (12%)High School (47%)Some College (26%)Associate's Degree (10%)Bachelor's Degree (4%)
Certificate/degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician
316
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for small engine mechanics

What jobs will most small engine mechanics hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of small engine mechanics reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Small engine mechanicsAutomotive service technicians and mechanicsBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsAgricultural workers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersConstruction laborersHeavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanicsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMaintenance and repair workersCarpentersAircraft mechanics and service techniciansHand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversMachinistsVehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairersFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersParts salespersonsFishing and hunting workersReal estate brokers and sales agentsStationary engineers and boiler operatorsReceptionists and information clerks
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for small engine mechanics

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as small engine mechanics as well as 1% of respondents after working as small engine mechanics. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for small engine mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
78,200
$0$200K$36K
Machinists
40,900
$0$200K$46K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
Parts salespersons
33,000
$0$200K$35K
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
20,400
$0$200K$51K
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
10,900
$0$200K$53K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for small engine mechanics: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as small engine mechanics? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of small engine mechanics surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for small engine mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
1.5%
Grounds maintenance workers
191,100
$0$200K$23K
4.1%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
2.6%
Food preparation workers
158,000
$0$200K$19K
1.4%
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
9.7%
Electricians
83,100
$0$200K$49K
1.0%
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
78,200
$0$200K$36K
4.7%
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
58,500
$0$200K$23K
1.1%
Machinists
40,900
$0$200K$46K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
3.4%
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
3.1%
Parts salespersons
33,000
$0$200K$35K
1.2%
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
7.1%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.0%
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
22,500
$0$200K$39K
1.1%
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
20,400
$0$200K$51K
1.4%
Helpers to installation, maintenance, and repair workers
17,000
$0$200K$25K
1.3%
Highway maintenance workers
16,500
$0$200K$39K
1.3%
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
10,900
$0$200K$53K
1.6%
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Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Small engine mechanics typically do the following:

  • Discuss equipment issues, maintenance plans, and work performed with customers
  • Perform routine engine maintenance, such as lubricating parts and replacing spark plugs
  • Test and inspect engines for malfunctioning parts
  • Adjust components according to specifications
  • Repair or replace worn, defective, or broken parts
  • Reassemble and reinstall components and engines following repairs
  • Keep records of inspections, test results, work performed, and parts used

 

Small engine mechanics work on power equipment ranging from snowmobiles to chain saws. When equipment breaks down, mechanics use many strategies to diagnose the source and extent of the problem. Small engine mechanics identify mechanical, electrical, and fuel system problems and make necessary repairs.

Mechanics’ tasks vary in complexity and difficulty. Maintenance inspections and repairs, for example, involve minor adjustments or the replacement of a single part. Hand calibration, piston calibration, and spark plug replacement, however, may require taking an engine apart completely. Some mechanics use computerized equipment to tune racing motorcycles and motorboats.

Mechanics use a variety of hand tools, including screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers, for many common tasks. Some mechanics also may use compression gauges, ammeters, and voltmeters to test engine performance. For more complicated procedures, they commonly use pneumatic tools, which are powered by compressed air, or diagnostic equipment.

Although employers usually provide the more expensive tools and testing equipment, some mechanics may be required to use their own hand tools. Some mechanics have thousands of dollars invested in their tool collections.

The following are examples of types of small engine mechanics:

Motorboat mechanics and service technicians maintain and repair the mechanical and electrical components of boat engines. Most of their work, whether on small outboard engines or large diesel-powered inboard motors, is performed at docks and marinas where the repair shop is located. Motorboat mechanics also may work on propellers, steering mechanisms, marine plumbing, and other boat equipment.

Motorcycle mechanics specialize in working on motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles. They service engines, transmissions, brakes, and ignition systems and make minor body repairs, among other tasks. Most work for dealerships, servicing and repairing specific makes and models.

Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics service and repair outdoor power equipment, such as lawnmowers, edge trimmers, garden tractors, and portable generators. Some mechanics may work on snowblowers and snowmobiles, but this work is highly seasonal and regional.

Technicians and mechanics who work primarily on automobiles are described in the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

Technicians who work primarily on large trucks and buses are described in the profile on diesel service technicians and mechanics.

Technicians and mechanics who work primarily on farm equipment, construction vehicles, and rail cars are described in the profile on heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Customer-service skills
Small engine mechanics frequently discuss problems and necessary repairs with their customers. They must be courteous, be good listeners, and always remain ready to answer customers’ questions.
Detail oriented
Small engine mechanics must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing engines and components, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments and other easy-to-miss causes.
Dexterity
Small engine mechanics need a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination for many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools.
Mechanical skills
Small engine mechanics must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often disassemble major parts for repairs, and they must be able to put them back together properly.
Organizational skills
Small engine mechanics keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability for parts.
Troubleshooting skills
Small engine mechanics use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components to identify and fix problems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 74% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics are anticipated to grow by 10% over the next decade; only 29% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all small engine mechanics, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Number of jobs
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Number of Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for small engine mechanics compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for small engine mechanics.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all small engine mechanics, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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