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Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Diesel Shop Foremen in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.55 per hour. Final cash compensation to Diesel Shop Foremen varies from around $37K to approximately $76K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Diesel Shop Foremen is high.

$35,335 - $79,352
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,396
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50%
90%

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$16.66 - $29.67
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,335 - $79,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
Commission
$3,000 - $17,000  
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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$36,759 - $76,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $29.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05 - $14.91  
Overtime
$21.63 - $44.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
Commission
$3,000 - $17,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,891  
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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$36,759 - $76,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479

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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

  • Ensure safety and reliability of vehicles and equipment.
  • Inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and equipment.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot problems with vehicles and equipment.
  • Track and log all repairs, parts, and maintenance, noting where warranties are in effect.

Common Career Paths for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


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For Diesel Shop Foremen who go on to become Maintenance Managers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Maintenance Manager earns $59K annually. A Diesel Technician or an Automotive Service Manager is a typical transition from a Diesel Shop Foreman role.

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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 Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Automotive Engine Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $48K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $48K. For Diesel Shop Foremen, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $55K.

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 5%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Welding
0%

National Average
$52,000

Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%
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