Truck Mechanic Salary

Male Truck Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.93 per hour in the United States. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Truck Mechanics is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,134 - $68,113
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,986
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$12.91 - $27.26
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,134 - $68,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$28,764 - $63,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $27.26  
   
Overtime
$17.41 - $40.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
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).
)
$28,764 - $63,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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

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

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.


Truck Mechanics generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Truck Mechanics see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Truck Mechanic Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Truck Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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