Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

A sizeable majority of Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.42 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$26,481 - $66,252
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,000
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$13.65 - $27.38
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,481 - $66,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $2,543  
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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$29,386 - $63,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.65 - $27.38  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $42.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $2,543  
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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$29,386 - $63,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411

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Job Description for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist

A diesel engine specialist (bus or truck mechanic) are responsible for making sure that all diesel engines are running properly and that any issues are quickly resolved. They are also in charge of performing preventative maintenance to prevent any issues of arising, accurate diagnostics to pinpoint any and all possible issues. They ensure their work area meets all federal and state requirements, keep track of maintenance times, and order all parts that are needed to complete the job effectively.

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Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Tasks

  • Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
  • Comply with safety and EPA procedures.
  • Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist


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Many Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics move into Diesel Shop Foreman roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $49K per year.

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Typical Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, Welding, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Maintenance. Employees educated in Electronic Troubleshooting are typically practiced in Welding, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist

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


Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K 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 $40K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist?

Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist in Denver:
"Flexible Work."
Pros: I get to do what I love. Good people to work with.
Cons: Long shifts and very hard on the body.

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Experience Affects Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salaries


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 8%

Welding
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%