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Diesel Mechanic Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (more than a third) of final income for Diesel Mechanics. That final number averages out to $42K across the industry. Compensation ranges from $13.10 per hour on the lower end to $26.12 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Mechanics. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,523 - $70,688
(Median)
$27K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,111
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50%
90%

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$13.10 - $26.12
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,523 - $70,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,948  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
Commission
$7,350 - $22,500  
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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$28,361 - $63,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $26.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$18.18 - $38.01  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,948  
   
Commission
$7,350 - $22,500  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
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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$28,361 - $63,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,315

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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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There are some Diesel Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $63K annually. It is more probable, however, that Diesel Mechanics become Diesel Shop Foremen or Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Waste Management, Inc., and MHC Kenworth are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Diesel Mechanics. Waste Management, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town ($49K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $30K to $64K.

Offering a median salary of only $41K, U.S. Army pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $27K to $62K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Diesel Mechanics report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Automotive Engine Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people skilled in System Repair are similarly competent in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. On average, Diesel Mechanics make $47K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Diesel Mechanics that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), Cleveland (+25 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Nashville (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (8 percent less) and Phoenix (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries



System Repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Welding
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Maintenance
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 448 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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