Diesel Mechanic Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (roughly one in three) of final income for Diesel Mechanics. That final number averages out to $42K across the industry. Compensation ranges from $13.17 per hour on the lower end to $26.19 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Diesel Mechanics is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,375 - $71,153
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,027
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90%

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$13.17 - $26.19
(Median)
$13
$19
$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
$26,375 - $71,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $5,106  
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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$28,530 - $63,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $26.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$18.43 - $38.32  
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 - $1,956  
   
Commission
$4,913 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $5,106  
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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$28,530 - $63,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,460
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Diesel Mechanics sometimes become Mechanical Engineers, where the average income is $63K per year. A more likely transition for Diesel Mechanics is Diesel Shop Foreman or Bus or Truck Mechanic, Diesel Engine Specialist.

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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. MHC Kenworth offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $50K.

Offering a median salary of only $41K, U.S. Army gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $27K to $62K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Electronic Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Troubleshooting 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.


Diesel Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Diesel Mechanics, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Cleveland (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and Nashville (+16 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Indianapolis and 3 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Automotive Engine Repair
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Maintenance
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National Average
$42,000

Diesel Mechanic
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 456 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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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