Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Heavy Equipment Mechanics earn an average of $20.79 per hour. In the world of Heavy Equipment Mechanics, total cash compensation can vary between $33K and $75K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $7K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect 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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$35,591 - $80,002
$36K
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MEDIAN: $52,774
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$14.82 - $29.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,591 - $80,002  
   
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,922  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $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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$32,727 - $74,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $29.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$21.18 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$412.17 - $5,922  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$292.33 - $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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$32,727 - $74,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,380

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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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Heavy Equipment Mechanics who advance into the role of a Maintenance Manager are fairly uncommon. Maintenance Managers on average earn $60K per year. Moving from a Heavy Equipment Mechanic to Construction Equipment Mechanic or Diesel Shop Foreman is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics fill the offices of leading firms Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., United Rentals Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, U.S. Army, and Caterpillar, Inc. Heavy Equipment Mechanics flock to Caterpillar, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $57K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider United Rentals Inc., Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, and Alban Tractor Co. Inc, top-paying firms where Heavy Equipment Mechanics rake in a $54K, $53K, or $50K, respectively.

U.S. Army lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($28K). U.S. Marine Corps, John Deere, and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $36K, $42K, and $42K.

Popular Skills for Heavy Equipment Mechanic


Heavy Equipment Mechanics seem to wield many skills 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 40 percent and 21 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Automotive Engine Repair and Mechanic. For most people, competency in Electronic Troubleshooting indicates knowledge of Industrial Hydraulics 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Heavy Equipment Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,633

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With a pay rate for Heavy Equipment Mechanics that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Heavy Equipment Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+12 percent), New York (+6 percent), Portland (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). In El Paso, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Charlotte and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less).

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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Key Stats for Heavy Equipment Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 219 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
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



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Heavy Equipment Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 40%

Arc Welding
up arrow 21%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Industrial Hydraulics
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Heavy Equipment Repair
0%

Troubleshooting
0%

Equipment Maintenance
0%

National Average
$50,000

Welding
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Mechanic
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
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: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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