Diesel Technician Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (just under a half on average) of overall compensation for Diesel Technicians, and the median take-home for this group lies near $43K. In the world of Diesel Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $61K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Diesel Technicians. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,049 - $67,392

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$13.27 - $25.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,049 - $67,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,740  
Profit Sharing
$211.57 - $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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$29,162 - $60,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $25.97  
   
Overtime
$16.84 - $37.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,740  
   
Profit Sharing
$211.57 - $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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$29,162 - $60,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,174
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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 sometimes move into a Heavy Equipment Mechanic role, where the salary is similar.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Republic Services Inc, and Rush Enterprises, Inc are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $43K to just $59K, Republic Services Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $52K.

Penske Truck Leasing LLC offers the least money; the median income there is just $42K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $33K and $62K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results show that Diesel Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent in Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

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


For Diesel Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Diesel Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Albuquerque is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Technicians, 24 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+16 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), San Antonio (+12 percent), and Richmond (+11 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (6 percent less) and Cleveland (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 15%

diesel engine repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Equipment Maintenance
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National Average
$43,000

Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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