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 $21.73 per hour. Total cash earnings of Diesel Shop Foremen range from $37K on the low end to $77K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Shop Foremen. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,251 - $79,741

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$16.74 - $29.98

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,251 - $79,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,500  
Commission
$5,896 - $12,208  
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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$36,941 - $76,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $29.98  
   
Overtime
$21.86 - $44.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
Commission
$5,896 - $12,208  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,500  
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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$36,941 - $76,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482
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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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As Diesel Shop Foremen make advancements in their career path to positions such as Maintenance Manager, their salaries may climb. Maintenance Managers make $59K annually on average. Diesel Shop Foremen most often move into positions as Diesel Technicians or Shop Foremans. Diesel Technicians actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Shop Foremans earn $2K less per year than Diesel Shop Foremen do.

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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 Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automotive Engine Repair and Operations 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Diesel Shop Foremen in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $48K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $48K. On average, Diesel Shop Foremen make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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 3%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$52,000

Welding
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 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
35%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 23%
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