Diesel Technician Salary

Total annual pay for Diesel Technicians is approximately $43K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — just under one-half on average. Total cash compensation for Diesel Technicians runs from $29K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,503 - $75,125
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,590
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90%

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$13.24 - $26.02
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,503 - $75,125  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,762  
Profit Sharing
$210.09 - $2,027  
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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$29,030 - $60,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.24 - $26.02  
   
Overtime
$16.71 - $37.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$210.09 - $2,027  
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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$29,030 - $60,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
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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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As Diesel Technicians transition into upper-level roles like Heavy Equipment Mechanics, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Heavy Equipment Mechanics earn the same amount as Diesel Technicians on average.

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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Diesel Technicians. Although the highest salaries can be found at Republic Services Inc where median pay is $52K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $43K and $59K.

Employees of Penske Truck Leasing LLC can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $42K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $33K to $62K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results suggest that Diesel Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Diesel Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. 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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Diesel Technicians, busy Albuquerque offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Orlando (+15 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and San Antonio (+12 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 4 percent less in New York and 1 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 16%

diesel engine repair
up arrow 8%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 2%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

National Average
$43,000

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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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