Diesel Technician Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Diesel Technicians. The median take-home amount in this area is around $43K, and on average, just under one-half of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Diesel Technicians bottoms out near $29K and approaches $61K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the particular employer. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Diesel Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,386 - $75,376
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,232
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$13.26 - $26.00
(Median)
$13
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,386 - $75,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$210.09 - $2,027  
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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$29,034 - $60,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.26 - $26.00  
   
Overtime
$16.71 - $37.28  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$210.09 - $2,027  
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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$29,034 - $60,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,143
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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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As Diesel Technicians transition into upper-level roles like Heavy Equipment Mechanics, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Heavy Equipment Mechanics earn the same amount as Diesel Technicians on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Diesel Technicians include Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Republic Services Inc, and Rush Enterprises, Inc. Although Republic Services Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $52K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $43K to $59K.

With a median salary of only $42K, Penske Truck Leasing LLC pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $33K to $62K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Survey results suggest that Diesel Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in System Repair, diesel engine repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $52K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Diesel Technicians, busy Albuquerque offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+17 percent), Orlando (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Antonio (+12 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 4 percent less in New York and 1 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%

Automotive Engine Repair
up arrow 2%

Heavy Equipment Repair
up arrow 1%

Welding
0%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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