A NASCAR mechanic makes between $45,000 and $65,000 per year at an entry-level position, as of 2014. With more experience, engineers and shock technicians make near $100,000 annually. Mechanics who double as pit crew members that climb over the wall during a race can earn $150,000 or more in a year, according to Hot Rod Magazine.
Mechanics differ from pit crew personnel in that they construct engines in custom-built shops to test racing cars for optimum performance. Many times, these engines are worked on in near-sanitary conditions to prevent dust and dirt from interfering with engine specifications and performance.
Mechanics on a pit crew perform in-race maintenance and adjustments during pit stops. Other pit crew personnel, including tire changers, gas men and seventh men, earn between $20,000 and $60,000 per year. A top crew chief that oversees the entire operation on pit lane can earn between $500,000 and $700,000 a year plus incentives.
Becoming a NASCAR mechanic begins with earning experience on local dirt tracks and smaller short tracks. Mechanics who work hard can be recommended by a member of a NASCAR team. A person earns the title of NASCAR mechanic through a combination of mechanical skill and knowing the right people.
A NASCAR mechanic has important job duties, such as setting up chassis combinations, preparing the gearbox for race day and maintaining the shocks and brakes. Mechanics must be familiar with all aspects of automotive technology, especially a car's electronic components in modern vehicles.