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Diesel Technician Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Diesel Technicians (slightly less than one-half) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $43K. Cash earnings of Diesel Technicians can occasionally include $2K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $29K to almost $61K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,202 - $77,232
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$77K
MEDIAN: $44,129
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90%

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$13.23 - $25.92
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$28,202 - $77,232  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,088  
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $2,013  
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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$29,045 - $60,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $25.92  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $37.09  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,088  
   
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $2,013  
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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$29,045 - $60,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060

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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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Diesel Technicians often transition into upper-level roles like Diesel Shop Foreman, for which the average compensation is $49K per year. A Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic is a typical transition from a Diesel Technician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Employees at Republic Services Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $52K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $43K and higher ones not far away at only $59K.

Employees of Cummins, Inc. can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $43K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $27K to $67K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results suggest that Diesel Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Diesel Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. On average, Diesel Technicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Diesel Technicians, Albuquerque provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+27 percent), Salt Lake City (+21 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 16%

diesel engine repair
up arrow 9%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 1%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%
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