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

Most Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics in the United States are men, earning an average of $19.07 per hour. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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  
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 may receive an increase in pay with career advancement. Frequently, those who transition into an upper level Diesel Mechanic position may earn an additional $6,547 per year.

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Popular Skills for Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist

Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Electronic Troubleshooting and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Maintenance. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled 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. Salaries increase to $40K from around $37K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $46K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanics earning an average of $49K per year. Age distribution in this workforce is widespread and evident in its breakdown: 38 percent of those who answered report one to nine years of experience; 30 percent claim 10-20 years, and 31 percent have more than two decades under their belt.

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%