Diesel Mechanic Salary (United States)

A Diesel Mechanic earns an average wage of $18.16 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Heavy Equipment Repair and Systems Troubleshooting. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
Diesel Mechanic Salary (?
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$24,523 - $70,306
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MEDIAN: $41,499
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Diesel Mechanic Salary (?
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$12.62 - $25.51
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,523 - $70,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
Profit Sharing
$183.46 - $1,507  
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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$27,270 - $61,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.62 - $25.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$17.25 - $37.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
   
Profit Sharing
$183.46 - $1,507  
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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$27,270 - $61,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,051
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
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Maintenance
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Welding
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$41,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%