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Diesel Technician Salary

Diesel Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $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 $29K or peak near $60K depending on individual performance. While years of experience and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Diesel Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,573 - $65,434
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56K
65K
MEDIAN: $41,591
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$13.14 - $25.81
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,573 - $65,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$186.42 - $4,562  
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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$28,733 - $59,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$15.80 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$186.42 - $4,562  
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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$28,733 - $59,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 920
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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, where average pay is $49K per year. Becoming a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic is a common transition from a Diesel Technician role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


The biggest paychecks can be found at Republic Services Inc — the median salary there is $53K.

Ryder Systems, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $43K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $55K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results show that Diesel Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in System Repair, Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 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.


For Diesel Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Diesel Technicians make a median salary of $49K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
up arrow 17%



Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Welding
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%