Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (United States)

Male Heavy Equipment Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.73 per hour in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Heavy Equipment Mechanics stretch from $26,452 on the lower end to $70,348 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $2,061 from bonuses and $5,182 from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. 21 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (?
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$26,452 - $70,348
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MEDIAN: $47,453
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (?
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$14.06 - $27.98
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,452 - $70,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,182  
Total Pay (?
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$31,044 - $68,862  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.06 - $27.98  
   
Overtime
$18.96 - $41.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$289.06 - $5,182  
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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$31,044 - $68,862  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,095
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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 may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Maintenance Manager position may earn an additional $13,471 per year. A Heavy Equipment Mechanic often moves on to become a Construction Equipment Mechanic or a Diesel Mechanic.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation offers the most; Heavy Equipment Mechanics earn $52,355 on average there. The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., where the median salary is just $44,060.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Equipment Mechanics report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, Heavy Equipment Repair, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Automotive Engine Repair, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Electronic Troubleshooting also tend to know Welding and Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $42K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $48K after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Heavy Equipment Mechanics earning an average of $53K per year. The largest number of Heavy Equipment Mechanics have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Las Vegas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Heavy Equipment Mechanics, 26 percent above the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+19 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Oklahoma City (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Heavy Equipment Mechanics in Orlando earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. El Paso and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -17 percent and -12 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Heavy Equipment Repair
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$45,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 21%
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