Entry-Level Diesel Mechanic Salary

Total annual pay for Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics is approximately $38K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — a little less than one-half on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,500 - $65,796
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,400
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$11.84 - $22.99
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$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. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $42K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $31K on the low end all the way up to $71K at the top.

U.S. Army offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $37K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $19K to $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,722

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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Entry-Level Diesel Mechanics in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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 the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Memphis (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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