Diesel Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Mechanics earn an average of $19.55 per hour. Final cash compensation to Diesel Mechanics varies from around $30K to approximately $66K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $2K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Mechanics. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$26,617 - $73,331
$27K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,366
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$13.64 - $27.52
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MEDIAN: $19.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,617 - $73,331  
   
Bonus
$479.93 - $6,073  
Profit Sharing
$38.78 - $2,061  
Commission
$888 - $35,479  
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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$29,658 - $65,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 649
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $27.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$19.30 - $39.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$479.93 - $6,073  
   
Commission
$888 - $35,479  
Profit Sharing
$38.78 - $2,061  
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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$29,658 - $65,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,331
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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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Diesel Mechanics who advance into the role of a Maintenance Manager are fairly uncommon. Maintenance Managers on average earn $60K per year. The most common career progression for Diesel Mechanics leads to becoming a Diesel Shop Foreman, where average pay is $50K annually. However, many Diesel Mechanics also opt to become Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics. Typically, a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic brings home $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


Penske Truck Leasing LLC, U.S. Army, Waste Management, Inc., Ryder Systems, Inc., and Cummins, Inc. are top-notch employers for Diesel Mechanics in this area. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $57K. Caterpillar, Inc., Cummins, Inc., and Waste Management, Inc. also offer top salaries for Diesel Mechanics. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $50K, and $48K, respectively.

U.S. Marine Corps, Freightliner Corporation, and U.S. Army are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($35K, $37K, and $37K respectively).

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey results imply that Diesel Mechanics deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Diesel Mechanic, Industrial Hydraulics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Mechanical Tool Repair. The majority of those 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.


Diesel Mechanics with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $45K. Diesel Mechanics see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,012

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Diesel Mechanics will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Diesel Mechanic's salary, with El Paso Diesel Mechanics earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (12 percent less) and Los Angeles (6 percent less).

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 565 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$44,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries



Industrial Hydraulics
▲6%


▲4%

diesel
▲4%

MaxxForce Engine Repair
▲3%




Automotive Engine Repair
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

▼2%

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼4%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼10%

Equipment Maintenance
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 565 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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