Men make up the majority of Diesel Shop Foremen in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $23.13 per hour. Total incomes of Diesel Shop Foremen incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $39K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $38K and $77K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a little over a half claim dental coverage as well. Most Diesel Shop Foremen report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,233 - $77,779
(Median)
$38K
$58K
$78K
MEDIAN: $57,738
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$16.70 - $30.34
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$17
$23
$30
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,233 - $77,779  
   
Bonus
$567 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $39,262  
Commission
$10,084  
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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$37,744 - $76,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 215
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.70 - $30.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.49  
Overtime
$22.83 - $44.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$567 - $9,696  
   
Commission
$10,084  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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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$37,744 - $76,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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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.

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Industrial Hydraulics, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Heavy Equipment Repair are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Operations Management. The majority of those who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $47K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $49K. On average, Diesel Shop Foremen make $56K following one to two decades on the job. As Diesel Shop Foremen reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,360

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Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Diesel Shop Foremen in Detroit receive some of the highest pay in the country. Diesel Shop Foremen will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+11 percent) and West Palm Beach (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Columbia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Memphis (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$55,000

Heavy Equipment Repair
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Welding
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Troubleshooting
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Operations Management
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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