Entry-Level Diesel Mechanic Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics (just under a half) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $38K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,500 - $65,796
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,400
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$11.84 - $22.99
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,500 - $65,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
Profit Sharing
$610  
Commission
$17,500  
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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$25,285 - $55,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $22.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$16.99 - $33.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,959  
   
Commission
$17,500  
Profit Sharing
$610  
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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$25,285 - $55,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,290
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Although Ryder Systems, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $42K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $31K or as much as $71K.

While select U.S. Army employees may bring in up to $63K, a median salary of only $37K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,722

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

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics, 33 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Oklahoma City (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+12 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). El Paso is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Columbus and Memphis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$38,000

Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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