Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

Men make up the majority of Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.62 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,146 - $67,023

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$13.84 - $27.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,146 - $67,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,559  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $6,925  
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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$29,775 - $63,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$19.38 - $42.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,559  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $6,925  
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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$29,775 - $63,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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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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Survey takers who work as Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Welding, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Maintenance. Competency in Electronic Troubleshooting frequently indicates knowledge of Welding.

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 many Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $38K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $40K. For Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $51K.

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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

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

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 9%


Welding
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
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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
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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