Men make up the majority of Truck Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.11 per hour. Most Truck Mechanics are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,000 - $69,187
(Median)
$27K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,980
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$12.69 - $27.32
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,000 - $69,187  
   
Bonus
$2,250  
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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$27,713 - $62,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.69 - $27.32  
   
Overtime
$12.21 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,250  
   
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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$27,713 - $62,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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.

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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.


For many Truck Mechanics, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Truck Mechanics bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. Truck Mechanics who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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