Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

Men make up the majority of Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $19.85 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While close to a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,771 - $67,336
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,911
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90%

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$13.99 - $28.04
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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90%

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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 move into Diesel Shop Foreman roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $50K per year.

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Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. Many workers who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. 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 surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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



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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