Diesel Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Diesel Technicians earn an average of $19.56 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K each, total incomes of Diesel Technicians generally range from $30K to $65K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Though the majority of Diesel Technicians do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,741 - $77,287
$30K
$48K
$77K
MEDIAN: $47,919
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$13.75 - $27.55
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MEDIAN: $19.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,741 - $77,287  
   
Bonus
$196.37 - $4,085  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
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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$29,984 - $64,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $27.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48  
Overtime
$19.43 - $40.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$196.37 - $4,085  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,316  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,027  
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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$29,984 - $64,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,394

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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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At the upper end, Diesel Technicians who move into an Automotive Service Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Automotive Service Managers is a much higher $53K per year. Going from Diesel Technician to Diesel Mechanic is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Diesel Mechanics is $41K. Many others choose to work as Diesel Shop Foremen, where pay is typically $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Dominating the field, Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Enterprises, Inc, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Diesel Technicians. Those at Republic Services Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $54K. Other big spenders include Waste Management, Inc., Cummins, Inc., and MHC Kenworth, top-paying firms where Diesel Technicians see paychecks nearing $50K, $50K, or $49K.

Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc offers the smallest salaries in town — $37K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $30K to $56K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Penske Truck Leasing LLC at $40K, Rush Truck Centers at $41K, and Ryder Systems, Inc., where $43K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results imply that Diesel Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 22 percent, 19 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Diesel Technician and MaxxForce Engine Repair. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $47K. Diesel Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,392

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Diesel Technicians will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+15 percent), Indianapolis (+15 percent), Salt Lake City (+12 percent), and Denver (+11 percent). Diesel Technicians in El Paso make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (12 percent lower).

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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 221 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries

▲27%

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$44,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▲22%

Industrial Hydraulics
▲19%

System Repair
▲12%





▲2%

Equipment Maintenance
▲2%



diesel engine repair
▲1%

National Average
$44,000

MaxxForce Engine Repair
▼6%

Diesel Technician
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 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
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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