Bike Mechanic

The 22nd-fastest-growing category. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation allocated $790.8 million for bike lanes and sidewalks.
Average salary: $23,660

Joe “Toast” LaCroix
The Hub bike co-op, Minneapolis

“I like mechanical things. Practical problem-solving appeals to me. That makes it interesting to come to work every day. I make $25,000 a year. It’s enough to live—not extravagantly.”

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