Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Technicians earn an average of $19.52 per hour. Total cash compensation to Diesel Technicians varies from $30K to $64K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K each. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction for Diesel Technicians is high. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,204 - $78,698
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$79K
MEDIAN: $47,766
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$13.72 - $27.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,204 - $78,698  
   
Bonus
$165.00 - $4,136  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $49,665  
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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$29,970 - $64,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $27.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.55  
Overtime
$19.33 - $40.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$165.00 - $4,136  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,665  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $4,000  
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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$29,970 - $64,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,426

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Job Description for Diesel Technician

Diesel technician are tasked with maintaining and repairing diesel engines.

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Diesel Technician Tasks

  • Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.
  • Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
  • Comply with safety and EPA procedures.

Common Career Paths for Diesel Technician


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Diesel Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Automotive Service Manager. The average Automotive Service Manager brings home $53K per year. The most common promotion for Diesel Technicians is a Diesel Mechanic position, which usually brings in $41K a year. Another standard transition for Diesel Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a Diesel Shop Foreman role, where pay is often $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Diesel Technicians, Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Waste Management, Inc., and Rush Enterprises, Inc are leading firms in the industry. Republic Services Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $54K. Cummins, Inc., Rush Enterprises, Inc, and MHC Kenworth are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Diesel Technicians earning around $52K, $51K, or $50K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Penske Truck Leasing LLC ($40K), Rush Truck Centers ($41K), and Ryder Systems, Inc. ($43K).

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results imply that Diesel Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Industrial Hydraulics, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 23 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diesel Technician. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Diesel Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Diesel Technicians see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,109

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For Diesel Technicians, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+15 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Diesel Technicians in El Paso earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 14 percent less in New York and 11 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Diesel Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

Industrial Hydraulics
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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System Repair
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Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$44,000

Diesel Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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