Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Heavy Equipment Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.17 per hour nationwide. Cash earnings for Heavy Equipment Mechanics — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $75K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and experience level are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Heavy Equipment Mechanics like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,409 - $78,480
$35K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,280
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$15.02 - $29.77
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MEDIAN: $21.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,409 - $78,480  
   
Bonus
$492.76 - $5,992  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $7,550  
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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$33,487 - $75,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $29.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$21.76 - $43.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$492.76 - $5,992  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $7,550  
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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$33,487 - $75,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,502

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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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There are some Heavy Equipment Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Maintenance Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. More commonly, Heavy Equipment Mechanics become Construction Equipment Mechanics or Diesel Shop Foremen.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


United Rentals Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, John Deere, and Caterpillar, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Heavy Equipment Mechanics. Waste Management, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $60K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks at Caterpillar, Inc. ($57K), United Rentals Inc. ($54K), and Alban Tractor Co. Inc ($50K).

Employees at U.S. Marine Corps, John Deere, and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $36K, $40K, and $41K.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Systems Troubleshooting, Arc Welding, and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 31 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Mechanic. Most people skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting are similarly competent 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: $50,144

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

Heavy Equipment Mechanics will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+26 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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 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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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$50,000

▼4%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
▲36%

Arc Welding
▲31%





Heavy Equipment Repair
▼0%


National Average
$50,000

Welding
▼1%


Mechanic
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 19%
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