Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salary
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.
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.Read More...
To become a diesel shop foreman/mechanic, one must obtain a commercial drivers license (A or B), have completed a vocational training course (usually six months or a year), and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Most garages also offer on-the-job training. The diesel shop foreman/mechanic must stay up to date with new techniques and materials. Because of the nature of the business, a diesel shop foreman/mechanic is expected to work weekends, holidays, and (at times) on call. To ensure high quality, a diesel shop foreman/mechanic should have strong attention to detail, good customer service skills, and a strong understanding of electrical systems, engines, and all working parts of the engine. Strong adherence to safety procedures is a must.
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
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
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).