Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $20.38 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. The majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$31,211 - $80,042
(Median)
$31K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,778
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$14.68 - $29.26
(Median)
$15
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,211 - $80,042  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $7,652  
Commission
$2,500  
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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$32,305 - $72,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $29.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$20.78 - $41.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Commission
$2,500  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $7,652  
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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$32,305 - $72,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,480
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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 a much higher $60K per year. Heavy Equipment Mechanics go on to become Construction Equipment Mechanics more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $44K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics who move into a Diesel Shop Foreman role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Many Heavy Equipment Mechanics can be found at Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, U.S. Army, United Rentals Inc., and Caterpillar, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. 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 $38K to $68K.

With a reported median salary of only $28K, U.S. Army easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Survey results imply that Heavy Equipment Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Systems Troubleshooting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Metal Inert Gas Welding, Automotive Engine Repair, and Equipment Maintenance. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Heavy Equipment Mechanics — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $44K on average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,956

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For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+22 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), and Salt Lake City (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is geography, with workers in El Paso earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Charlotte (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Reviews

What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic?

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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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Industrial Hydraulics
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National Average
$48,000

Welding
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Equipment Maintenance
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 259 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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