Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Mechanics earn an average of $19.46 per hour. In the world of Diesel Mechanics, overall income ranges from $29K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,684 - $73,688
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MEDIAN: $44,837
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$13.52 - $27.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,684 - $73,688  
   
Bonus
$481.29 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
Commission
$894 - $35,235  
Total Pay (?
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$29,437 - $65,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 658
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $27.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$19.08 - $39.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$481.29 - $6,128  
   
Commission
$894 - $35,235  
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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$29,437 - $65,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,368

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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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For Diesel Mechanics, progressing to a Mechanical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Mechanical Engineer can earn $64K annually. A Diesel Shop Foreman or a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic is a typical transition from a Diesel Mechanic role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


Dominating the field, Penske Truck Leasing LLC, U.S. Army, Waste Management, Inc., Ryder Systems, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Diesel Mechanics. Those at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $57K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Cummins, Inc., Waste Management, Inc., and Con-Way Freight Inc., where Diesel Mechanics typically earn around $50K, $48K, or $47K, respectively.

Workers at U.S. Marine Corps, Freightliner Corporation, and U.S. Army also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $35K, $37K, and $38K respectively.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Diesel Mechanics seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Diesel Mechanic, diesel, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Mechanical Tool Repair. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Diesel Mechanics with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,811

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With a pay rate for Diesel Mechanics that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Oklahoma City (+8 percent). Diesel Mechanics in El Paso make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (12 percent lower) and Los Angeles (6 percent lower).

Diesel Mechanic Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Diesel Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 553 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
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Automotive Engine Repair
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National Average
$44,000


Mechanical Tool Repair
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 553 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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