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 $21.69 per hour nationwide. 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. Residence 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. Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half.

$35,963 - $79,082
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,621
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$16.73 - $29.93
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,963 - $79,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,500  
Commission
$3,000 - $17,000  
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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$36,988 - $76,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.73 - $29.93  
   
Overtime
$21.85 - $44.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,087  
   
Commission
$3,000 - $17,000  
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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$36,988 - $76,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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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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Diesel Shop Foremen who transition into new roles such as Maintenance Manager may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Maintenance Manager earns $59K per year. Diesel Shop Foremen most often move into Diesel Technician or Shop Foreman roles. However, the former pays $11K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Industrial Hydraulics, 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 and Operations Management. Most people 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $55K.

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 4%

Industrial Hydraulics
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Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Welding
0%

National Average
$52,000

Troubleshooting
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People Management
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Operations Management
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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
36%

Common Health Benefits

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