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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 $19.37 per hour in the United States. Work is enjoyable for Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$25,573 - $66,159
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MEDIAN: $43,092
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$13.73 - $27.38
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,573 - $66,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$29,278 - $63,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $27.38  
   
Overtime
$18.63 - $40.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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).
)
$29,278 - $63,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 436
United States (change)

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 often end up in upper-level roles like Diesel Shop Foreman. Diesel Shop Foremen bring home $49K annually on average.

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Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics note just a narrow range of job skills. Electronic Troubleshooting and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $40K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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 8%

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%