Truck Mechanic Salary

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 $18.76 per hour. For the most part, Truck Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than a third. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,727 - $68,220
(Median)
$20K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,606
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$13.48 - $27.73
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,727 - $68,220  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
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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$29,260 - $62,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $27.73  
   
Overtime
$17.30 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
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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$29,260 - $62,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Mechanic

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


For Truck Mechanics, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $38K. Truck Mechanics bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, 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 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 19%
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