Diesel Technician Salary

Commissions form a big slice (a little less than half) of total compensation for Diesel Technicians. The median income in this area hovers around $44K. Total cash earnings of Diesel Technicians range from $29K on the low end to $62K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $8K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Diesel Technicians is high. Although nearly one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,184 - $71,094
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,100
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$13.36 - $26.55
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,184 - $71,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,650  
Profit Sharing
$217.53 - $7,830  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$29,405 - $62,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.36 - $26.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$17.77 - $38.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,650  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$217.53 - $7,830  
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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$29,405 - $62,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,448
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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 often transition into upper-level roles like Diesel Shop Foreman, for which the average compensation is $50K per year. 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


Ryder Systems, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Cummins, Inc., MHC Kenworth, and Republic Services Inc are top-notch employers for Diesel Technicians in this area. Pay for Diesel Technicians is best at Republic Services Inc, which offers a median salary of $52K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $43K to $59K. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Waste Management, Inc. (+$50K), MHC Kenworth (+$44K), and Cummins, Inc. (+$44K).

Offering a median salary of only $42K, Ryder Systems, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $30K to $57K isn't that wide, either. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Penske Truck Leasing LLC at $42K, Rush Enterprises, Inc at $44K, and Cummins, Inc., where $44K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results imply that Diesel Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Metal Inert Gas Welding, diesel engine repair, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Diesel Technician. Most people familiar with 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Diesel Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,691

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

For those looking to make money, Diesel Technicians in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+14 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), and Oklahoma City (+10 percent). In Baltimore, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis and Charlotte (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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diesel engine repair
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Industrial Hydraulics
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National Average
$44,000

Welding
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Equipment Maintenance
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Diesel Technician
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 239 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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