Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Shop Foremen earn an average of $22.83 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Diesel Shop Foremen, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$36,418 - $78,280
$36K
$57K
$78K
MEDIAN: $56,899
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90%

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$16.47 - $30.44
$16
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $22.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,418 - $78,280  
   
Bonus
$517 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$37,865 - $76,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.47 - $30.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.29  
Overtime
$23.84 - $44.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$517 - $9,787  
   
Commission
$1,208 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$37,865 - $76,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 419

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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 sometimes move into a Maintenance Manager role, where the salary is similar. Many Diesel Shop Foremen advance into roles as Shop Foremans or Automotive Service Managers, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Survey results imply that Diesel Shop Foremen put a diverse skill set to use. 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: $54,882

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

For those looking to make money, Diesel Shop Foremen in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Memphis and 4 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 103 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$55,000

▼11%

▼15%

Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
▲6%


Electronic Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$55,000


▼1%


Operations Management
▼7%

People Management
▼18%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼24%

Equipment Maintenance
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 24%
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