Men account for the majority of Diesel Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.49 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Diesel Technicians spread between $30K and $64K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geographic location are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,269 - $76,501
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$30K
$48K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,050
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$13.70 - $27.31
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$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,269 - $76,501  
   
Bonus
$176.17 - $4,823  
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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$29,926 - $64,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $27.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$19.24 - $40.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$176.17 - $4,823  
   
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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$29,926 - $64,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,396

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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 who go on to become Automotive Service Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Automotive Service Managers is $53K annually. As Diesel Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Diesel Mechanics. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $41K. Another common career choice for Diesel Technicians is to move into a Diesel Shop Foreman role — this promotion usually pays $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Diesel Technicians fill the offices of leading firms Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Waste Management, Inc., and Rush Enterprises, Inc. Those at Republic Services Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K. Cummins, Inc., Rush Enterprises, Inc, and Waste Management, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Diesel Technicians earning around $49K, $47K, or $46K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Rush Truck Centers at $41K and Penske Truck Leasing LLC at $41K, though some Diesel Technicians there earn up to $68K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 24 percent, 22 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diesel Technician. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

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


Diesel Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. On average, Diesel Technicians make $52K following 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,173

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Diesel Technicians will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+15 percent), Indianapolis (+9 percent), Portland (+9 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Diesel Technicians in El Paso take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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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diesel engine repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Equipment Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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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 206 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
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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