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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Male Heavy Equipment Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.99 per hour in the United States. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heavy Equipment Mechanics. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,733 - $78,839
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,402
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$14.47 - $28.60
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,733 - $78,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,891  
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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$31,745 - $70,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$20.54 - $41.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,891  
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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$31,745 - $70,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185

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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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As Heavy Equipment Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Maintenance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Maintenance Managers earn $59K on average per year. As Heavy Equipment Mechanics progress in their field, many go on to become Construction Equipment Mechanics. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $45K. Another common career choice for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is to move into a Diesel Shop Foreman role — this promotion usually pays $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


The consistently lowest paying firm is Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., where the median salary is just $44K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $37K to $72K.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Automotive Engine Repair, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Troubleshooting and Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Heavy Equipment Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heavy Equipment Mechanics make a median salary of $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $53K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Heavy Equipment Mechanics, 31 percent higher than the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+20 percent), Sacramento (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (11 percent lower) and Houston (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



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 220 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%
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