Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics earn an average of $20.24 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,342 - $70,710
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,627
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$14.23 - $29.70
(Median)
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,342 - $70,710  
   
Bonus
$296.96 - $5,918  
Total Pay (?
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$30,221 - $66,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.23 - $29.70  
   
Overtime
$20.52 - $45.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$296.96 - $5,918  
   
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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$30,221 - $66,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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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 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.


For Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

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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



National Average
$46,000



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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 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: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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