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Diesel Mechanic Salary (United States)

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than a third on average) of overall compensation for Diesel Mechanics, and the median take-home for this group lies near $41K. Compensation ranges from $12.84 per hour on the lower end to $25.64 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Diesel Mechanic Salary (?
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$25,232 - $69,046
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MEDIAN: $41,543
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Diesel Mechanic Salary (?
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$12.84 - $25.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,232 - $69,046  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$183.46 - $1,538  
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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$27,695 - $61,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $25.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.06 - $1.16  
Overtime
$17.49 - $37.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$183.46 - $1,538  
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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$27,695 - $61,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,148
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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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While Diesel Mechanics do not often become Mechanical Engineers, the job pays $62K per year on average. Diesel Shop Foremen or Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics are common next-step roles for Diesel Mechanics moving up in their careers; annual pay for Diesel Shop Foremen is $8K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Diesel Engine Specialists and Truck Mechanics.

Diesel Mechanic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic

Known for taking on a considerable number of Diesel Mechanics, U.S. Army, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, MHC Kenworth, and YRC Worldwide Inc. are leading firms in the industry. MHC Kenworth attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $48K.
U.S. Army offers the smallest salaries in town — $38K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $22K to $52K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Mechanics generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Systems Troubleshooting, Heavy Equipment Repair, System Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Automotive Engine Repair, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with System Repair also tend to 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. Diesel Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Diesel Mechanics, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), Orlando (+16 percent), and Nashville (+13 percent). Columbus is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
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Maintenance
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$41,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 409 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%