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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 $21.03 per hour. Final cash compensation to Diesel Shop Foremen varies from around $36K to approximately $75K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K and $8K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all.
$34,457 - $76,138
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MEDIAN: $51,910
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$16.02 - $29.47
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,457 - $76,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,888  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
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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$36,030 - $75,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.02 - $29.47  
   
Overtime
$21.73 - $44.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,888  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,000  
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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$36,030 - $75,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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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 an upper level Maintenance Manager position may earn higher paychecks. The median income for that position is $59K per year. The most common promotion for Diesel Shop Foremen is a Diesel Technician position, which usually brings in $41K a year. Another standard transition for Diesel Shop Foremen seeking advancement is to assume an Automotive Service Manager role, where pay is often $53K.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Diesel Shop Foremen report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Diesel Shop Foremen do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $46K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Diesel Shop Foremen with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$51,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 8%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 2%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Troubleshooting
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Welding
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 24%