Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics take home an average $16.81 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,588 - $66,834
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$41K
$67K
MEDIAN: $40,601
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$12.01 - $23.61
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$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,588 - $66,834  
   
Bonus
$485.37 - $4,125  
Profit Sharing
$983  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$25,753 - $56,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $23.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$17.33 - $33.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$485.37 - $4,125  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$983  
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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$25,753 - $56,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,445
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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Mechanic


U.S. Army, Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Automotive Group, Inc., and Diesel are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Cummins, Inc. — the median salary there is $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,535

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For Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), San Antonio (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Oklahoma City (+10 percent). Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Greenville and 3 percent less in Memphis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Diesel Mechanic Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Diesel Mechanic in Roanoke:
"That the company will not give raises no matter how well you."
Work for accompany with pay rates in writing.

Diesel Mechanic in Tulsa:
"Hands on better than schools."
Trucks are changing so fast that schooling is a waste. Hands on with get you further.

Diesel Mechanic in Michigan Center:
Keep taking new jobs for pay increase.or you will watch your boss get rich for cutting your pay increase out.

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Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Mechanical Tool Repair
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Welding
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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System Repair
0%

National Average
$39,000

Maintenance
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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