Truck Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Truck Mechanics earn an average of $19.67 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Truck Mechanics — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,000 - $68,467
$27K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,980
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$12.77 - $27.26
$13
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$27
MEDIAN: $19.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,000 - $68,467  
   
Bonus
$2,500  
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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$27,913 - $61,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $27.26  
   
Overtime
$17.30 - $38.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$2,500  
   
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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$27,913 - $61,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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Job Description for Truck Mechanic

Truck mechanics are responsible for performing maintenance and repairs on trucks of all sizes, from small trucks to semi-trailers. These mechanics are responsible for performing diagnoses to identify problems; these diagnoses are sometimes aided with a computer, but are also performed manually. Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail are important in this position to detect problems that are not easily visible.

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Truck Mechanic Tasks

  • Diagnose, repair, and maintain trucks.
  • Use test instruments on equipment to determine malfunctions.
  • Reline brakes or wheels and raise trucks using jacks.
  • Inspect brakes, steering mechanisms, and other parts to ensure quality and condition.

Common Career Paths for Truck Mechanic


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For Truck Mechanics, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Truck Mechanics earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanic.

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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Mechanic

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Truck Mechanics. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $43K. For Truck Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $51K.

Truck Mechanic Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Truck Mechanic?

Truck Mechanic in Miami:
"That supervisory positions are/aren't corrupted."
Try another career if you have a lot of ambition to earn a very good living.

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Key Stats for Truck Mechanic

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Truck Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲1%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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