Diesel Technician Salary (United States)

Most Diesel Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $18.92 per hour. Compensation starts at $12.94 per hour and can reach $25.86. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $27,276 and peaks near $65,023, incorporates potential for more than $1,992 from bonuses and close to $4,530 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and about half have vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Diesel Technicians who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Diesel Technician Salary (?
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$27,276 - $65,023
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MEDIAN: $41,251
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Diesel Technician Salary (?
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$12.94 - $25.86
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,276 - $65,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $4,530  
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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$28,488 - $59,738  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $25.86  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $36.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
   
Profit Sharing
$187.73 - $4,530  
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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$28,488 - $59,738  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 871
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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 may enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. Typically, top-notch roles like Diesel Mechanic will offer an extra $6,934 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. A Diesel Technician may also move into a role as a Diesel Bus or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

Diesel Technician Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician

Ryder Systems, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $42,465, though salaries there max out at $55K.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with System Repair, Heavy Equipment Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automotive Engine Repair. 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.
Diesel Technicians with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Starting out, salaries fall in the $35K range but grow to $42K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $49K after one to two decades. After two decades on the job, Diesel Technicians see salary growth dwindle, averaging $51K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Albuquerque
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San Diego
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Dallas
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Cleveland
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San Antonio
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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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Richmond
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National Average
$42,000
Houston
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Springfield
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Phoenix
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For Diesel Technicians, working in the bustling city of Albuquerque has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, and San Antonio, where Diesel Technicians typically earn around 28 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (-7 percent) and Houston (-1 percent).

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Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries

National Average
$42,000

Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

System Repair
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
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National Average
$42,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
%
female alumni
 
Male
100%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%
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