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Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $19.47 per hour nationwide. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,651 - $65,973
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,499
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$13.72 - $27.33
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,651 - $65,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
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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$29,440 - $63,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $27.33  
   
Overtime
$19.03 - $42.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,503  
   
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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$29,440 - $63,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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 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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, Welding, and Maintenance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Maintenance. Electronic Troubleshooting and Welding are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $38K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $40K. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

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


Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 8%

Welding
up arrow 3%

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
16%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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