Male Diesel Shop Foremen number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.98 per hour in the United States. The final incomes of Diesel Shop Foremen generally vary between $38K and $77K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $9K, $39K, and $30K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Diesel Shop Foremen claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$39,209 - $78,944
$39K
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$79K
MEDIAN: $57,893
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$16.55 - $30.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$39,209 - $78,944  
   
Bonus
$546 - $9,060  
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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$38,014 - $77,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.55 - $30.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49  
Overtime
$23.04 - $44.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$546 - $9,060  
   
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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$38,014 - $77,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 403

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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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As Diesel Shop Foremen transition into upper-level roles like Maintenance Managers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Maintenance Managers earn the same amount as Diesel Shop Foremen on average. Many Diesel Shop Foremen choose to become Diesel Technicians and Shop Foremans as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $13K less and $4K less, 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 Equipment Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Metal Inert Gas Welding as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Operations Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Diesel Shop Foremen do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Diesel Shop Foremen in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $47K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $49K. Diesel Shop Foremen who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $61K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,545

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Jacksonville is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Shop Foremen, 28 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Shop Foremen can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Kansas City (+27 percent), Detroit (+19 percent), San Antonio (+11 percent), and West Palm Beach (+11 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Columbia is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Chicago and 12 percent less in Memphis, 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 89 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 7%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 5%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Industrial Hydraulics
0%

National Average
$56,000


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Operations Management
up arrow 9%

People Management
up arrow 19%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 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
33%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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