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Diesel Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Diesel Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.09 per hour. Incomes of Diesel Technicians vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $2K cause paychecks to spread between $29K on the low end and $60K on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,883 - $76,505
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$77K
MEDIAN: $43,235
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90%

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$13.27 - $25.87
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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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
$28,883 - $76,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
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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$29,046 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $36.95  
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 - $2,057  
   
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).
)
$29,046 - $60,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,012

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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 increased earnings if they become Diesel Shop Foremen. This seems to be a popular career move, and Diesel Shop Foreman earn a slightly higher median of $49K annually. It is not uncommon for a Diesel Technician to continue on to become a Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic or a Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Although Republic Services Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $52K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $43K to $59K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $67K, Cummins, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $43K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results show that Diesel Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Heavy Equipment Repair, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. Diesel Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Diesel Technicians in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Diesel Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+17 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Antonio (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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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%



Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 3%

Welding
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%