Diesel Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Diesel Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.62 per hour. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Diesel Mechanics — as high as $6K, $2K and $25K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $30K to $66K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Diesel Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,944 - $72,909
$27K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,462
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$13.86 - $27.60
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$0$72K
Salary $26,944 - $72,909
Bonus $482.30 - $5,950
Profit Sharing $20.27 - $2,367
Commission $451.50 - $25,000
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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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$29,894 - $66,017
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 693
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $13.86 - $27.60
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $4.44
Overtime $19.50 - $39.97
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $482.30 - $5,950
Commission $451.50 - $25,000
Profit Sharing $20.27 - $2,367
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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$29,894 - $66,017
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,366

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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

  • Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.
  • Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
  • Comply with safety and EPA procedures.

Common Career Paths for Diesel Mechanic


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There are some Diesel Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Maintenance Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. Going from Diesel Mechanic to Diesel Shop Foreman is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $50K. Many others choose to work as Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanics, where pay is typically $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Diesel Mechanics include Penske Truck Leasing LLC, U.S. Army, Waste Management, Inc., Ryder Systems, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $57K on average. Soaring salaries can also be found at Caterpillar, Inc., Cummins, Inc., and Waste Management, Inc., where earnings of $52K, $50K, or $48K are standard for Diesel Mechanics.

U.S. Marine Corps, Freightliner Corporation, and U.S. Army are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($35K, $37K, and $37K respectively).

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey results imply that Diesel Mechanics deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Diesel Mechanic, Industrial Hydraulics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Equipment Maintenance, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Mechanical Tool Repair. Most people experienced in Maintenance also know Electronic Troubleshooting and System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Diesel Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Diesel Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,763 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Diesel Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,148 salaries. An experienced Diesel Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,178 salaries. A Diesel Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 747 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,208

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Diesel Mechanics, 26 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Diesel Mechanics' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Diesel Mechanics in El Paso bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and Los Angeles (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Diesel Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Diesel Mechanic?

Diesel Mechanic in Vineland:
Pros: Gain a lot of experience.
Cons: The pay is low with no benefits.

Diesel Mechanic in Chicago:
"Work."
Pros: The stiff that I do and accomplish in a profitable time.
Cons: The people that I work with and my pay I believe I should make way more.

Diesel Mechanic in NM:
Pros: Working on a variety of equipment and trucks. Also being able to gain experience operating different equipment.
Cons: The pay and not getting raises.

Diesel Mechanic in Georgia:
"Mechanic."
Pros: Something different everyday.
Cons: Unorganized. Short handed staff. Horrible parts department. I feel micromanaged by my advisor. I do more than what my job title calls for.

Diesel Mechanic in Natchitoches:
Pros: Working with my hands and seeing my work succeed.
Cons: Time line and hours. The heat and cold.

Diesel Mechanic in Springfield:
"Hard labor."
Pros: Schedule, pay discounts, and insurance.
Cons: Long hours, covered in grease when I go home.

Diesel Mechanic in Itasca:
"The deisel mechanic."
Pros: I like that we are always busy. My company allows us to work close to 60 hours a week. What I enjoy most are my coworkers. I like the group of people I work around everyday.
Cons: This job can really wear on your body. I'm 22 and my the end of the work day I feel 50. The work conditions can be rough too. The shop is outside so if it's a cold day I'll be cold all day. If it's a hot day then I'll be hot. It's also very easy to get stressed. At most times I'm the only mechanic so work can pile up. I don't feel like I get paid adequately for all that I do.

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Key Stats for Diesel Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 657 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$44,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries


Industrial Hydraulics
▲6%



diesel
▲4%

▲3%

MaxxForce Engine Repair
▲2%




National Average
$44,000

Automotive Engine Repair
▼1%

▼2%

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼4%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼11%

Equipment Maintenance
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 657 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 26%
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