Diesel Mechanic Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Most employers look for diesel mechanics who have some formal training or education in the field. However, many diesel mechanics get their training from on-the-job experience. It is possible for mechanics to gain certification in diesel repair from an institution; vocational schools typically offer training ranging from six months to a year.
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
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
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).
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