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Diesel Technician Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Diesel Technicians comes from commissions — just under a half on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $43K. Total cash earnings of Diesel Technicians range from $29K on the low end to $61K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $2K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under a half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,202 - $76,277
(Median)
$28K
$45K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,537
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$13.29 - $25.98
(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
$28,202 - $76,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $2,013  
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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$29,065 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$16.51 - $37.30  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,327  
   
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $2,013  
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).
)
$29,065 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,093

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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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Many Diesel Technicians advance into a slightly higher-paying Diesel Shop Foreman position. Average compensation for Diesel Shop Foremen is $49K. 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


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.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Penske Truck Leasing LLC, where the median salary is just $43K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $33K to $63K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Diesel Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Automotive Engine Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


Diesel Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. For Diesel Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. 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 $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Diesel Technicians, 26 percent higher than the national average. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Albuquerque (+25 percent), Salt Lake City (+21 percent), Portland (+17 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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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 9%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 3%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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