Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salary

Male Heavy Equipment Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.07 per hour in the United States. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Heavy Equipment Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,008 - $77,830

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$14.47 - $28.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,008 - $77,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,946  
Total Pay (?
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$31,768 - $70,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $28.94  
   
Overtime
$20.59 - $41.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $7,946  
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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$31,768 - $70,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,260
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Maintenance Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. Heavy Equipment Mechanics go on to become Construction Equipment Mechanics more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $44K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics who move into a Diesel Shop Foreman role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Although Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation leads the field in pay with a median salary of $60K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $40K on the low end all the way up to $74K at the top.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $68K, the company's median pay sits at $43K, the lowest in the field.

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, Heavy Equipment Repair, Industrial Hydraulics, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automotive Engine Repair. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Heavy Equipment Mechanics with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy 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 $44K on average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Heavy Equipment Mechanics, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Heavy Equipment Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+24 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), Las Vegas (+19 percent), and Sacramento (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in El Paso. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (12 percent less) and Houston (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
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Heavy Equipment Repair
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Troubleshooting
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Welding
0%

National Average
$47,000

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
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%
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