Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Diesel Shop Foremen in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.16 per hour nationwide. In the world of Diesel Shop Foremen, overall income ranges from $37K near the bottom to $78K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Diesel Shop Foremen claim high levels of job satisfaction. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well.

$35,185 - $79,792
(Median)
$35K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,124
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$16.89 - $30.25
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,185 - $79,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,908  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $7,946  
Commission
$10,113  
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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$37,169 - $77,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.89 - $30.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.43  
Overtime
$22.64 - $44.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,908  
   
Commission
$10,113  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $7,946  
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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$37,169 - $77,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 500
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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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Although some Diesel Shop Foremen become Maintenance Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $60K. Diesel Shop Foremen most frequently advance into Diesel Technician and Shop Foreman roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Survey results suggest that Diesel Shop Foremen use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automotive Engine Repair, Equipment Maintenance, and People Management. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of 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.


For Diesel Shop Foremen, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $48K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $49K. Diesel Shop Foremen bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries


Heavy Equipment Repair
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National Average
$53,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Welding
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Troubleshooting
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Operations Management
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People Management
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Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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