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 $19.54 per hour in the United States. Career length 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. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$26,481 - $66,902
(Median)
$26K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,046
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$13.80 - $27.34
(Median)
$14
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,481 - $66,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$29,580 - $62,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $27.34  
   
Overtime
$19.49 - $41.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$29,580 - $62,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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 advance their careers by becoming Diesel Shop Foremen, who report a slightly higher median income of $50K.

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Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, Welding, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $38K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect 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. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%

Welding
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National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
up arrow 4%

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
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
28%
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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