Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.03 per hour. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Just over a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most Heavy Equipment Mechanics report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,362 - $79,259
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,426
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$14.47 - $28.84
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,362 - $79,259  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$905 - $4,500  
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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$31,684 - $71,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$20.66 - $41.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$905 - $4,500  
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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$31,684 - $71,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,253
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Job Description for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heavy equipment mechanics are in charge of maintaining company-related machinery. They are responsible for providing upkeep to that machinery to ensure that needed equipment functions properly; this includes preventive care and maintenance. Heavy equipment mechanics perform regular inspections to ensure machines comply with local, state, and federal regulations. They must possess advanced mechanical skills to troubleshoot and fix industrial equipment using heavy tools, as well as receive regular training to meet performance standards. They install equipment parts and recycle as required, and they often work on replacing outdated machinery.

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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Tasks

  • Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.
  • Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
  • Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.

Common Career Paths for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


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Heavy Equipment Mechanics' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Maintenance Manager. The average Maintenance Manager brings home $59K per year. The most common promotion for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is a Construction Equipment Mechanic position, which usually brings in $45K a year. Another standard transition for Heavy Equipment Mechanics seeking advancement is to assume a Diesel Shop Foreman role, where pay is often $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Although Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation boasts the highest average salary in town at $59K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $40K or as much as $74K.

For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, below-average salaries can be found at Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $43K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($36K versus $68K) is great.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Heavy Equipment Repair, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Automotive Engine Repair, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Electronic Troubleshooting are also skilled in Troubleshooting and Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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


Heavy Equipment Mechanics with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $39K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $43K on average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+24 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). El Paso ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Orlando and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries


Heavy Equipment Repair
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
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National Average
$47,000

Equipment Maintenance
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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