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Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $19.95 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Heavy Equipment Mechanics is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,486 - $78,435
(Median)
$28K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,943
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50%
90%

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$14.43 - $28.34
(Median)
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$28,486 - $78,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $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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$31,623 - $70,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $28.34  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $40.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $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).
)
$31,623 - $70,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161

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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 who transition into a Maintenance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. The most common career progression for Heavy Equipment Mechanics leads to becoming a Construction Equipment Mechanic, where pay is typically $45K. However, many Heavy Equipment Mechanics also opt to become Diesel Shop Foremen, a position that pays $49K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Offering a median salary of only $44K, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $37K to $72K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Survey results imply that Heavy Equipment Mechanics put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Heavy Equipment Repair, Electronic Troubleshooting, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Automotive Engine Repair as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those educated in Electronic Troubleshooting tend to be well versed in Troubleshooting and Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Heavy Equipment Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $43K on average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Heavy Equipment Mechanics in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+20 percent), Sacramento (+19 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Houston and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries




Troubleshooting
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Welding
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National Average
$46,000

Equipment Maintenance
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Automotive Engine Repair
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 21%