Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

Male Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.85 per hour in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. For the most part, Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,771 - $67,336
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,911
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$13.99 - $28.04
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,771 - $67,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$1,221  
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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$30,008 - $64,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $28.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14  
Overtime
$20.07 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,221  
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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$30,008 - $64,145  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 428
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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 transition into upper-level Diesel Shop Foreman positions. Diesel Shop Foremen earn a median of $50K per year.

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Survey results imply that Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Systems Troubleshooting, Automotive Engine Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Maintenance. Those with knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be skilled in Welding as well.

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 with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $41K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. 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 $51K.

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



National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 19%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 14%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 13%


Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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