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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.84 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. For the most part, Heavy Equipment Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (?
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$27,886 - $73,627
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MEDIAN: $49,002
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (?
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$14.25 - $28.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,886 - $73,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,500  
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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$31,308 - $70,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.25 - $28.48  
   
Overtime
$19.42 - $41.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $6,500  
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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$31,308 - $70,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,112
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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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At the upper end, Heavy Equipment Mechanics who move into a Maintenance Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Maintenance Managers is $59K per year. A Construction Equipment Mechanic role is the most common promotion for Heavy Equipment Mechanics moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $45K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is a Diesel Shop Foreman position, where earnings are usually $49K.

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Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Survey results imply that Heavy Equipment Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. 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 Welding and Troubleshooting.

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $43K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

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Oklahoma City
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Salt Lake City
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National Average
$46,000
San Antonio
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Charlotte
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Jacksonville
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Orlando
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El Paso
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For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in El Paso, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (14 percent lower) and Jacksonville (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Troubleshooting
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Welding
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National Average
$46,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 199 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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