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Diesel Mechanic Salary

Commissions form a big slice (about one in three) of total compensation for Diesel Mechanics. The median income in this area hovers around $42K. Earnings generally vary between $12.97 per hour and $25.96. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of Diesel Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just over one in five 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 rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,310 - $69,987
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,036
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90%

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$12.97 - $25.96
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$26,310 - $69,987  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $5,152  
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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$28,078 - $63,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 443
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
$12.97 - $25.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$17.91 - $37.95  
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 - $1,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$385.41 - $5,152  
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).
)
$28,078 - $63,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,244

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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 do not often transition into Mechanical Engineer roles. The role averages $62K per year. Becoming a Diesel Shop Foreman or a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic is, however, a more typical career progression for Diesel Mechanics.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, MHC Kenworth, and YRC Worldwide Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Diesel Mechanics. The biggest paychecks can be found at Penske Truck Leasing LLC — the median salary there is $49K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $31K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $66K.

Offering a median of only $40K, U.S. Army pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $27K on the lower end and $56K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Diesel Mechanics report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Automotive Engine Repair, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know System Repair are also skilled 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.


Diesel Mechanics with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Diesel Mechanics make $46K following 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Diesel Mechanics in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+33 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Nashville (+13 percent). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Workers in Phoenix and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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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
up arrow 3%

Maintenance
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Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
0%

National Average
$42,000

Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 443 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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