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Diesel Technician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Diesel Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.92 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Diesel Technicians can bottom out near $28K or peak near $60K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Diesel Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Diesel Technician Salary (?
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$27,276 - $65,023
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MEDIAN: $41,251
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Diesel Technician Salary (?
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$12.94 - $25.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,276 - $65,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $4,530  
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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$28,488 - $59,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
   
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $4,530  
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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$28,488 - $59,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 871
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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 tend to move into Diesel Shop Foreman roles, where pay is $49K per year on average. A Diesel Technician may also move into a role as a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician

Survey participants disclosed information on only two employers, and both places seem to pay their employees similarly. Workers at Ryder Systems, Inc. earn a median $42K, and workers at Penske Truck Leasing LLC make a median of $42K. Ryder Systems, Inc. also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician

Survey results suggest that Diesel Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with System Repair, Heavy Equipment Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Automotive Engine Repair. The majority of those who know 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 many Diesel Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. Diesel Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around a sixth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Cleveland
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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$42,000
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With a pay rate for Diesel Technicians that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Albuquerque offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, and San Antonio, where Diesel Technicians annually earn 28 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. In Phoenix, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Indianapolis and 1 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
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National Average
$42,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
%
female alumni
 
Male
100%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%