Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Shop Foremen earn an average of $22.82 per hour. In the world of Diesel Shop Foremen, overall cash earnings stretch from $38K near the bottom to $77K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $9K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $39K, along with commissions approaching $30K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Diesel Shop Foremen enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$38,367 - $78,729
$38K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $57,562
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$16.43 - $30.48
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$23
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MEDIAN: $22.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,367 - $78,729  
   
Bonus
$592 - $9,123  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $39,262  
Commission
$1,208 - $29,799  
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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$38,265 - $77,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.43 - $30.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49  
Overtime
$23.38 - $44.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$592 - $9,123  
   
Commission
$1,208 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$0.21 - $39,262  
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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$38,265 - $77,486  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 402

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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.

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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


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Diesel Shop Foremen tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Maintenance Manager. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Diesel Shop Foremen most frequently become Shop Foremans and Automotive Service Managers even though median compensation is $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Diesel Shop Foremen report using a diverse set of skills 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. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in 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

National Average: $55,121

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Shop Foremen, 31 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Shop Foremen can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+29 percent), Kansas City (+28 percent), Detroit (+20 percent), and San Antonio (+12 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Memphis (11 percent less) and Indianapolis (4 percent less).

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Key Stats for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$55,000

▼11%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲5%


Electronic Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$55,000


▼2%


Operations Management
▼8%

People Management
▼19%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼24%

Equipment Maintenance
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 25%