Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Men account for the majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.87 per hour. Total cash earnings of Heavy Equipment Mechanics range from $33K on the low end to $75K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $8K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heavy Equipment Mechanics. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,230 - $79,467
$35K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,692
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$14.87 - $29.45
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MEDIAN: $20.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,230 - $79,467  
   
Bonus
$440.42 - $5,945  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $7,500  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$33,034 - $74,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $29.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$21.46 - $42.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$440.42 - $5,945  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $7,500  
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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$33,034 - $74,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,430

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


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There are some Heavy Equipment Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Maintenance Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. A more likely transition for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is Construction Equipment Mechanic or Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics fill the offices of leading firms United Rentals Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, John Deere, and Caterpillar, Inc. Waste Management, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $60K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at Caterpillar, Inc. ($57K), United Rentals Inc. ($54K), and Alban Tractor Co. Inc ($50K).

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are U.S. Marine Corps ($36K), John Deere ($41K), and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. ($42K).

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Arc Welding can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 37 percent above average. Systems Troubleshooting and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 37 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mechanic. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also know Industrial Hydraulics 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $41K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heavy Equipment Mechanics make a median salary of $52K. As Heavy Equipment Mechanics reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,844

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For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Baltimore has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and San Antonio (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (9 percent lower) and Houston (5 percent lower).

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic?

Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Calgary:
"I enjoy working as a mechanic because I enjoy the challenge."
Pros: I like problem solving and trouble shooting problems and being able to fix them my self. And I also like keeping busy and be a profitable as possible.
Cons: I feel as if u don't get treated fairly and taking advantage for what I do cause I am only 18.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Kansas City:
"Hands on, time sensitive, diverse, problem solving oriented."
Pros: The work is very diverse, not micromanaged. This company encourages all work to be performed to a very professional standard. The atmosphere is professional, yet somewhat relaxed.
Cons: Knowing that I've already reached the ceiling.

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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$50,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲37%

Arc Welding
▲37%





Heavy Equipment Repair
▼0%

Welding
▼0%

Equipment Maintenance
▼0%

National Average
$50,000


Mechanic
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 237 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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