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 the particular city and experience level. For the most part, Heavy Equipment Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,211 - $80,042
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$31K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,778
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$14.68 - $29.26
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$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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As Heavy Equipment Mechanics transition into upper-level roles such as Maintenance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Maintenance Managers earn $60K on average per year. 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 $44K. Another frequent advance is for Heavy Equipment Mechanics to assume a Diesel Shop Foreman role; in this role, workers often take home $50K.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Heavy Equipment Mechanics include Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, U.S. Army, United Rentals Inc., and Caterpillar, Inc. Employees of Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $59K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $38K to $68K.

Considering that the median salary at U.S. Army is a shallow $28K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Survey results show that Heavy Equipment Mechanics use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Systems Troubleshooting command much higher paychecks, 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. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. On average, Heavy Equipment Mechanics make $50K following one to two decades on the job. 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, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+22 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), and Salt Lake City (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Heavy Equipment Mechanics have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (15 percent lower) and Charlotte (14 percent lower).

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Reviews

What is it like working as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic?

Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Calgary:
"I enjoy working as a mechanic because I enjoy the challenge."
Pros: I like problem solving and trouble shooting problems and being able to fix them my self. And I also like keeping busy and be a profitable as possible.
Cons: I feel as if u don't get treated fairly and taking advantage for what I do cause I am only 18.

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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