Men account for the majority of Diesel Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.35 per hour. Overall incomes of Diesel Mechanics — including $7K bonuses, $5K profit sharing proceeds, and $36K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $30K and $65K. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. For the most part, Diesel Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,787 - $73,227
(Median)
$28K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,540
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$13.54 - $27.38
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$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,787 - $73,227  
   
Bonus
$405.47 - $7,047  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
Commission
$1,260 - $36,065  
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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$29,607 - $64,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 644
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $27.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$19.21 - $39.40  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$405.47 - $7,047  
   
Commission
$1,260 - $36,065  
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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$29,607 - $64,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,198
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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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As Diesel Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Mechanical Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Mechanical Engineers earn $64K on average 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


Dominating the field, Penske Truck Leasing LLC, U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Diesel Mechanics. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the most; Diesel Mechanics earn $54K on average there. MHC Kenworth, Cummins, Inc., and Con-Way Freight Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Diesel Mechanics earning around $50K, $49K, or $47K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Marine Corps at $33K, Diesel at $33K, and Freightliner Corporation, where $37K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey takers working as Diesel Mechanics report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with diesel, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 15 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Arc Welding and Equipment Maintenance. Most people who know Maintenance also know Electronic Troubleshooting and System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

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


For Diesel Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. Diesel Mechanics see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,382

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

For Diesel Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+21 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Oklahoma City (+15 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with El Paso Diesel Mechanics earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Orlando and Memphis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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What is it like working as a Diesel Mechanic?

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.

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

diesel
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Diesel Mechanic
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Mechanical Tool Repair
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Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Automotive Engine Repair
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National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
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Equipment Maintenance
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Arc Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 499 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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