Average Diesel Mechanic Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Diesel Mechanic is $20.07.
MEDIAN $20.07
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $29
$202 - $5,122
Profit Sharing
$124 - $6,040
$705 - $27,404
Total Pay
$30,551 - $65,962

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Job Description for Diesel Mechanic

Diesel Mechanic Tasks
  • Perform basic preventative maintenance, as well as troubleshoot and repair all types of diesel engine vehicles.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and supplies.
  • Learn and apply new technology in advanced diagnostics and repairs.
  • Comply with safety and EPA procedures.
The top respondents for the job title Diesel Mechanic are from the companies U.S. Army, Penske Truck Leasing LLC and Waste Management, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Cummins, Inc. where the average pay is $24.36. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include MHC Kenworth and Waste Management, Inc., earning around $22.50 and $20.34, respectively. Diesel pays the lowest at around $15.00. U.S. Army and Ryder Systems, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $17.50 and $19.42, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Diesel Mechanic. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Diesel Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Mechanic
Diesel Shop Foreman / Mechanic
Diesel Technician
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic

Skills in Electronic Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Troubleshooting, Maintenance and Heavy Equipment Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

An entry-level Diesel Mechanic with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.43 based on 140 salaries. An early career Diesel Mechanic with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $17.64 based on 2,299 salaries. A mid-career Diesel Mechanic with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.38 based on 1,509 salaries. An experienced Diesel Mechanic with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.03 based on 1,593 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Diesel Mechanic in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 9.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (9.5% more) and Denver, Colorado (7.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (3.5% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (0.1% less).

Years of Experience

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