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 $21.67 per hour. Final cash compensation to Diesel Shop Foremen varies from around $37K to approximately $76K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The majority of Diesel Shop Foremen claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$36,150 - $78,849
(Median)
$36K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,048
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90%

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$16.73 - $29.91
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$36,150 - $78,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$37,004 - $76,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.73 - $29.91  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $44.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$37,004 - $76,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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At the upper end, Diesel Shop Foremen who move into a Maintenance Manager role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $59K per year. 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 wide range of professional skills. 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. Most people experienced in 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $48K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $48K. Diesel Shop Foremen with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $55K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
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Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

Welding
0%

National Average
$53,000

Troubleshooting
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People Management
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Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 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: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 23%
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