Truck Mechanic Salary

Truck Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.80 per hour. Most enjoy medical while slightly more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Truck Mechanics. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,727 - $68,220

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$13.49 - $27.71

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,727 - $68,220  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
Total Pay (?
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$29,555 - $62,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $27.71  
   
Overtime
$14.54 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$29,555 - $62,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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.


Truck Mechanics do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $34K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $38K. Truck Mechanics who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $49K on average.

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 8%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

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
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 18%
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