Diesel Mechanic Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Diesel Mechanics (nearly one-third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $42K. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.10 per hour, and the top verges on $26.25. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$27,301 - $69,101

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$13.10 - $26.25

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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
$27,301 - $69,101  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
Commission
$4,913 - $20,347  
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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$28,511 - $63,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $26.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$18.37 - $38.30  
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 - $1,956  
   
Commission
$4,913 - $20,347  
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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$28,511 - $63,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,517
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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 who transition into a Mechanical Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $63K per year. A Diesel Mechanic may also move into a role as a Diesel Shop Foreman or a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


Diesel Mechanics flock to U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Freightliner Corporation, and Waste Management, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Diesel Mechanics flock to Freightliner Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $54K lead the pack in compensation; however, Freightliner Corporation also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $30K at one end to $61K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include MHC Kenworth, Waste Management, Inc., and Penske Truck Leasing LLC, where Diesel Mechanics typically earn around $50K, $49K, or $47K, respectively.

Employees of U.S. Army can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $40K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $27K to $62K. Other low-paying employers include YRC Worldwide Inc. at $43K and Ryder Systems, Inc. at $43K, though some Diesel Mechanics there earn up to $66K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey results suggest that Diesel Mechanics put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. For most people, competency in System Repair indicates knowledge of Electronic Troubleshooting and Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

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


For Diesel Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Diesel Mechanics will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Cleveland (+20 percent), and Nashville (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries


Electronic Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Maintenance
0%

National Average
$42,000

Diesel Mechanic
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 452 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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