Diesel Mechanic Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Diesel Mechanics. The median take-home amount in this area is around $42K, and on average, close to one-third of that final number comes from commissions. Pay ranges from $13.16 per hour on the low end to $26.24 on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,937 - $71,097
(Median)
$26K
$43K
$71K
MEDIAN: $43,191
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.16 - $26.24
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,937 - $71,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
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).
)
$28,503 - $63,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.16 - $26.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$18.46 - $38.33  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
   
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).
)
$28,503 - $63,721  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,484
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Diesel Mechanics who advance into the role of a Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Mechanical Engineers on average earn $63K per year. More commonly, Diesel Mechanics become Diesel Shop Foremen or Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics.

Diesel Mechanic Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

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 does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $54K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $30K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $61K. Also paying near the top of the field are MHC Kenworth at $50K, Waste Management, Inc. at $49K, and Penske Truck Leasing LLC, where Diesel Mechanics annually earn $48K.

U.S. Army offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $40K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $27K to $62K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include YRC Worldwide Inc. at $43K, and Ryder Systems, Inc. where $43K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Diesel Mechanics there earn up to $66K.

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 7 percent. Most people experienced in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Diesel Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Diesel Mechanics, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Nashville (+15 percent), and Charlotte (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (3 percent lower) and Houston (1 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Welding
up arrow 2%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 1%

Maintenance
0%

Automotive Engine Repair
0%

National Average
$42,000

Diesel Mechanic
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 456 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

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%
ADVERTISEMENT