Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

Men make up the majority of Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $20.24 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,532 - $70,469
$26K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $42,682
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$14.31 - $29.56
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$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,532 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$299.00 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
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$30,289 - $66,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.31 - $29.56  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $45.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$299.00 - $5,817  
   
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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$30,289 - $66,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 272

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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

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

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


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Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics who go on to become Diesel Shop Foremen may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Diesel Shop Foreman, an upper-level role, pays $50K.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$46,000

▼5%

▼21%

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





National Average
$46,000

▼5%

Maintenance
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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