Diesel Mechanic Salary

Commissions form a big slice (more than a third) of total compensation for Diesel Mechanics. The median income in this area hovers around $43K. Compensation ranges from $13.45 per hour on the lower end to $26.81 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Most Diesel Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,104 - $70,308
(Median)
$28K
$43K
$70K
MEDIAN: $43,380
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$13.45 - $26.81
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,104 - $70,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$29,349 - $64,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 607
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.45 - $26.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$18.84 - $38.81  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,848  
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).
)
$29,349 - $64,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,135
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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 $63K on average per year. 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Diesel Mechanics include U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Freightliner Corporation, and Waste Management, Inc. Freightliner Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($54K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $30K to $61K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Waste Management, Inc., MHC Kenworth, and Con-Way Freight Inc., top-paying firms where Diesel Mechanics rake in a comfortable $50K, $49K, or $47K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $40K, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. at $40K, and Ryder Systems, Inc., where $42K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey results imply that Diesel Mechanics deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Metal Inert Gas Welding, diesel, and Industrial Hydraulics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 36 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Arc Welding and Diesel Mechanic. Most people who know System Repair also know 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 $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Diesel Mechanics make a median salary of $47K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,886

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Mechanics, 28 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+25 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Nashville (+13 percent), and Oklahoma City (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 40%

diesel
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Welding
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Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Diesel Mechanic
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Arc Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 536 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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