Diesel Technician Salary

Commissions form a big slice (a little less than half) of total compensation for Diesel Technicians. The median income in this area hovers around $44K. Cash earnings for Diesel Technicians — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $29K to approximately $62K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,184 - $71,094
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,100
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$13.36 - $26.55
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,184 - $71,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,650  
Profit Sharing
$217.53 - $7,830  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$29,405 - $62,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.36 - $26.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$17.77 - $38.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,650  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$217.53 - $7,830  
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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$29,405 - $62,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,448
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Diesel Technician


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Moving into a Diesel Shop Foreman position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $50K annually. Becoming a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic is often the next step for a Diesel Technician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Cummins, Inc., MHC Kenworth, and Republic Services Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Diesel Technicians. Salary cannot be beat at Republic Services Inc, where median pay comes to $52K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $43K, and the higher end is not far away at $59K. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Waste Management, Inc. (+$50K), MHC Kenworth (+$44K), and Cummins, Inc. (+$44K).

Offering a median of only $42K, Ryder Systems, Inc. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $30K on the lower end and $57K on the higher end. Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Enterprises, Inc, and Cummins, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $42K, $44K, and $44K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results imply that Diesel Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Metal Inert Gas Welding, diesel engine repair, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diesel Technician. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also 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 $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,691

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Diesel Technicians will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+14 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), and Oklahoma City (+10 percent). In Baltimore, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis and Charlotte (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 13%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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diesel engine repair
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Industrial Hydraulics
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National Average
$44,000

Welding
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Equipment Maintenance
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Diesel Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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