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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 $21.50 per hour nationwide. Overall cash earnings for Diesel Shop Foremen stretch from $37K on the lower end to $75K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Diesel Shop Foremen, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,970 - $77,949
(Median)
$35K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,195
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$16.58 - $29.59
(Median)
$17
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,970 - $77,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
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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$36,501 - $75,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.58 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $44.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,083  
   
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).
)
$36,501 - $75,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471

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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 become Maintenance Managers may see a small rise in pay. On average, Maintenance Managers earn $59K per year. It is not unusual for a Diesel Shop Foreman to become a Diesel Technician or an Automotive Service Manager.

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Popular Skills for Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic


Diesel Shop Foremen report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Welding are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to 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.


For Diesel Shop Foremen, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $48K. Diesel Shop Foremen who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. 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
$52,000


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

Industrial Hydraulics
up arrow 6%


Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

National Average
$52,000

Troubleshooting
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People Management
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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
8%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%