Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary
Men make up the majority of Diesel Shop Foremen in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $22.91 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Diesel Shop Foremen is high. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$36,691 - $78,064|
|Bonus||$966 - $8,054|
|Total Pay (||$37,851 - $76,549|
|Hourly Rate||$16.42 - $30.28|
|Overtime||$23.45 - $44.38|
|Bonus||$966 - $8,054|
|Total Pay (||$37,851 - $76,549|
Job Description for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic
A diesel shop foreman/mechanic performs maintenance and supervises others' work on a variety of diesel engines. There are many different types of diesel engines that need maintenance and repairs, so mechanics may work on trucks, buses, construction vehicles, boats, and even locomotives. The work space for a diesel shop foreman/mechanic may be limited to an indoor garage, or it may include working on the road with some light traveling. When working at the garage, most of the foreman/mechanic's time is spent working with a team of mechanics, supervisors, and service managers. However, this individual must also build relationships with customers to ensure repeat business for the company. Additionally, in their capacity as a foreman, this individual must supervise the work of others, providing discipline, instruction, and advice as needed.Read More...
To become a diesel shop foreman/mechanic, one must obtain a commercial drivers license (A or B), have completed a vocational training course (usually six months or a year), and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Most garages also offer on-the-job training. The diesel shop foreman/mechanic must stay up to date with new techniques and materials. Because of the nature of the business, a diesel shop foreman/mechanic is expected to work weekends, holidays, and (at times) on call. To ensure high quality, a diesel shop foreman/mechanic should have strong attention to detail, good customer service skills, and a strong understanding of electrical systems, engines, and all working parts of the engine. Strong adherence to safety procedures is a must. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Tasks
- Diagnose and troubleshoot problems with vehicles and equipment.
- Track and log all repairs, parts, and maintenance, noting where warranties are in effect.
- Ensure safety and reliability of vehicles and equipment.
- Inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and equipment.
Common Career Paths for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic
Diesel Shop Foremen sometimes move into a Maintenance Manager role, where the salary is similar. Diesel Shop Foremen most often advance into Shop Foreman and Automotive Service Manager positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic
Diesel Shop Foremen report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Equipment Maintenance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Metal Inert Gas Welding and People Management also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Heavy Equipment Repair.
Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic
Pay by Experience for a Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 104 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 164 salaries. An experienced Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 275 salaries. A Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 250 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Shop Foremen, 32 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Shop Foremen can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+29 percent), Kansas City (+29 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), and San Antonio (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Memphis and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.
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