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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary (United States)

Most Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $19.73 per hour. Total cash earnings of Heavy Equipment Mechanics range from $31K on the low end to $69K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $5K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the specific company. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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 (?
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  
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  
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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Maintenance Manager. Maintenance Managers bring home $59K per year on average. A Heavy Equipment Mechanic may also move into a role as a Construction Equipment Mechanic or a Diesel Shop Foreman.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Those at Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $52K. Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Heavy Equipment Mechanics report using a pretty varied skill set 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. Those listing Automotive Engine Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, 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.
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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$45,000
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For Heavy Equipment Mechanics, busy Las Vegas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Denver, Atlanta, Seattle, and Oklahoma City, top-paying cities where Heavy Equipment Mechanics see paychecks higher than average (+19 percent, +19 percent, +18 percent, and +17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in El Paso and Houston (17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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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Welding
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National Average
$45,000
Automotive Engine Repair
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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%