Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

A sizeable majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $21.51 per hour. In the world of Heavy Equipment Mechanics, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $76K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $7K, respectively. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. For the most part, Heavy Equipment Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,863 - $78,775
$35K
$53K
$79K
MEDIAN: $52,672
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$15.11 - $29.95
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MEDIAN: $21.51
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$0$78K
Salary $34,863 - $78,775
Bonus $485.92 - $6,032
Profit Sharing $303.04 - $7,096
Commission $5,000
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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$33,967 - $76,313
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 283
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $15.11 - $29.95
Hourly Tips $0.93
Overtime $21.59 - $43.71
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $485.92 - $6,032
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $303.04 - $7,096
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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$33,967 - $76,313
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,493

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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

  • Maintain and repair heavy equipment, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical machinery and systems.
  • Maintain shop supplies, shop and tools.
  • Read, understand and apply information from technical manuals, prints and schematics.

Common Career Paths for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Heavy Equipment Mechanics who move on to become Maintenance Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $60K. A more common career path for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is stepping into the role of Construction Equipment Mechanic or Diesel Shop Foreman.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Heavy Equipment Mechanics include United Rentals Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, John Deere, and Caterpillar, Inc. Waste Management, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $60K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Caterpillar, Inc., United Rentals Inc., and Alban Tractor Co. Inc, top-paying firms where Heavy Equipment Mechanics rake in a $57K, $54K, or $50K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include U.S. Marine Corps ($36K), John Deere ($40K), and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. ($41K).

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting and Arc Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent and 29 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mechanic. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Industrial Hydraulics and Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Heavy Equipment Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Heavy Equipment Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 498 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Heavy Equipment Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 476 salaries. An experienced Heavy Equipment Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 653 salaries. A Heavy Equipment Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 496 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,616

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Heavy Equipment Mechanics in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+24 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Workers in Houston and Charlotte earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Heavy Equipment Mechanic Reviews

Q: 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 Los Angeles:
"Awesome."
Pros: Mechanical stuff, getting in deep and learning new things on these fire engines.
Cons: Not working, and just sitting around.

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.

Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Geismar:
"Love it."
Pros: New skills, something new everyday.
Cons: Never know what going to break down.

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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$51,000

▼5%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲35%

Arc Welding
▲29%





National Average
$51,000

Heavy Equipment Repair
▼1%


Welding
▼2%


Mechanic
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 298 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 18%
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