Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Heavy Equipment Mechanics earn an average of $20.04 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Heavy Equipment Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,626 - $79,424
(Median)
$30K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,679
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$14.48 - $28.88
(Median)
$14
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,626 - $79,424  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $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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$31,778 - $71,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $28.88  
   
Overtime
$20.65 - $41.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,051  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $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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$31,778 - $71,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,242
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Maintenance Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. Becoming a Construction Equipment Mechanic is, more often than not, the most common role that Heavy Equipment Mechanics move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Construction Equipment Mechanic is $45K. Another frequent advance is for Heavy Equipment Mechanics to assume a Diesel Shop Foreman role; in this role, workers often take home $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation offers the largest salaries in town ($59K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $40K to $74K.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 and Equipment Maintenance, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Electronic Troubleshooting also 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.


Heavy Equipment Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $43K on average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location


Heavy Equipment Mechanics will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Atlanta (+15 percent). Heavy Equipment Mechanics in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (14 percent lower) and Houston (6 percent lower).

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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 222 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: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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