Diesel Mechanic Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Diesel Mechanics — more than a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $43K. Pay generally varies between $13.45 per hour and $26.81. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most Diesel Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,104 - $70,308
(Median)
$28K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,380
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$13.45 - $26.81
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,104 - $70,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$29,349 - $64,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 607
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $26.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$18.84 - $38.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
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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$29,349 - $64,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,135
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Job Description for Diesel Mechanic

Diesel mechanics are in charge of maintenance, repair, and overall care for diesel vehicles such as buses, boats, trucks, and bulldozers. Most diesel mechanics repair, replace, recondition, dissemble, weld, and examine parts and engines. In some cases, these individuals will have expertise on a specific type of diesel engine. A diesel mechanic can work in government, vehicle wholesaling, freight trucking, and mass transit. Being a diesel mechanic is a very physical career, in which the individual must be able to move and work quickly. Diesel mechanics also need to be able to communicate with drivers and customers, have a professional attitude, and be able to solve problems efficiently. They must also have high attention to detail, good dexterity, and an excellent grasp of mechanical and technical aspects of diesel vehicles. A diesel mechanic needs to be comfortable with computer technology and able to confidently use computer programs to perform diagnostic and precision repairs on diesel vehicles.

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Diesel Mechanic 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 Diesel Mechanic


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Diesel Mechanics' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineer. The average Mechanical Engineer brings home $63K per year. It is not uncommon for a Diesel Mechanic to continue on to become a Diesel Shop Foreman or a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


Known for taking on a considerable number of Diesel Mechanics, U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Freightliner Corporation, and Waste Management, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Although Freightliner Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $54K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $30K or as much as $61K. Also paying near the top of the field are Waste Management, Inc. at $50K, MHC Kenworth at $49K, and Con-Way Freight Inc., where Diesel Mechanics annually earn $47K.

Workers at U.S. Army, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., and Ryder Systems, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $40K, $40K, and $42K respectively.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey takers working as Diesel Mechanics report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Metal Inert Gas Welding, diesel, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 36 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Arc Welding and Diesel Mechanic. Most people who know System Repair also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Diesel Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. Diesel Mechanics bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Diesel Mechanics who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,886

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Diesel Mechanics, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Nashville (+13 percent), and Oklahoma City (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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diesel
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Welding
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Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Diesel Mechanic
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Arc Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 536 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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