Diesel Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Diesel Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.78 per hour. Cash earnings of Diesel Technicians — including $4K in bonuses, $5K in profit sharing proceeds, and $49K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $31K to approximately $64K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,864 - $79,365
$30K
$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,170
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$14.40 - $27.78
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MEDIAN: $19.78
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$0$79K
Salary $29,864 - $79,365
Bonus $199.20 - $4,036
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $5,000
Commission $0.00 - $48,936
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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$30,747 - $64,420
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 156
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.40 - $27.78
Hourly Tips $0.81
Overtime $20.53 - $40.89
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $199.20 - $4,036
Commission $0.00 - $48,936
Profit Sharing $200.00 - $5,000
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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$30,747 - $64,420
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,393

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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 may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Automotive Service Manager, which pays $53K on average annually. A Diesel Mechanic role is the most prevalent career advancement for Diesel Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $41K on average. The Diesel Shop Foreman position is another common transition for Diesel Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $50K mark.

Diesel Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Diesel Technicians include Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Enterprises, Inc, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc. Republic Services Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $54K on average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Waste Management, Inc. ($50K), Cummins, Inc. ($50K), and MHC Kenworth ($49K).

Offering a median of only $37K, Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $30K on the lower end and $56K on the higher end. Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Truck Centers, and Ryder Systems, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($40K, $41K, and $43K respectively).

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Diesel Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Metal Inert Gas Welding, Industrial Hydraulics, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Diesel Technician and MaxxForce Engine Repair as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

Pay by Experience for a Diesel Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Diesel Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 827 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Diesel Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 450 salaries. An experienced Diesel Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 413 salaries. A Diesel Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 188 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,883

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

For Diesel Technicians, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), Salt Lake City (+11 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Diesel Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (16 percent less) and Atlanta (13 percent less).

Diesel Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Diesel Technician?

Diesel Technician in Indianapolis:
Pros: I like the challenge of trying to diagnose an issue and then resolving to problem.
Cons: I don't feel appreciated by most of my superiors. I feel like I deserve better.

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Key Stats for Diesel Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries

▲26%

▲17%

▲5%

National Average
$45,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▲20%

Industrial Hydraulics
▲17%

System Repair
▲10%





▲1%

Equipment Maintenance
▲1%



diesel engine repair
▼0%

National Average
$45,000

MaxxForce Engine Repair
▼7%

Diesel Technician
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 23%
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