Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary (United States)

Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.07 per hour. While some workers in this profession—23 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary (?
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$25,121 - $66,319
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MEDIAN: $42,783
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Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary (?
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$13.76 - $26.74
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,121 - $66,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$29,182 - $62,707  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $26.74  
   
Overtime
$18.56 - $39.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
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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$29,182 - $62,707  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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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Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics' salaries may rise in accordance with career advancement. Typically, those who assume a higher-end position such as a Diesel Mechanic may get paid an extra $6,547 per year.

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Popular Skills for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist

Professional skills reported by Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics are few in number. Electronic Troubleshooting and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well-versed in Maintenance.

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.
For Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Standard salaries begin at $37K and can reach $40K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $46K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $49K. Age distribution in this workforce is quite spread out, with those with between one and nine years of experience accounting for 38 percent of the workforce, those with 10-20 making up 30 percent and those with more than two decades of experience rounding out the remaining 31 percent.

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
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Experienced
up arrow 9%
National Average
$43,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salaries

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National Average
$43,000
Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%
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