$45,231
Avg. Salary
$19.77
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,026

Profit Sharing

$1,021

Commission

$4,750

The average pay for a Diesel Mechanic is $19.77 per hour.

The average pay for a Diesel Mechanic is $45,231 per year.

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$28
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MEDIAN $45,231
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$13.91 - $28.07
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$0$73K
Salary $27,307 - $73,819
Bonus $204 - $5,135
Profit Sharing $39.15 - $6,183
Commission $395 - $22,000
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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$29,982 - $66,152
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,213
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $13.91 - $28.07
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $11.20
Overtime $19.38 - $40.20
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $204 - $5,135
Commission $395 - $22,000
Profit Sharing $39.15 - $6,183
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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$29,982 - $66,152
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,799

Job Description for Diesel Mechanic

Diesel mechanics are in charge of maintenance, repair, and overall care for diesel vehicles such as buses, boats, trucks, and bulldozers. Most diesel mechanics repair, replace, recondition, dissemble, weld, and examine parts and engines. In some cases, these individuals will have expertise on a specific type of diesel engine. A diesel mechanic can work in government, vehicle wholesaling, freight trucking, and mass transit. Being a diesel mechanic is a very physical career, in which the individual must be able to move and work quickly. Diesel mechanics also need to be able to communicate with drivers and customers, have a professional attitude, and be able to solve problems efficiently. They must also have high attention to detail, good dexterity, and an excellent grasp of mechanical and technical aspects of diesel vehicles. A diesel mechanic needs to be comfortable with computer technology and able to confidently use computer programs to perform diagnostic and precision repairs on diesel vehicles.

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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.

Diesel Mechanic Pay By Employer

$0$66K

$41,950

U.S. Army
46 profiles
$33,362

$40,274

$42,824

$33,000

MHC Kenworth
15 profiles
$44,714

$39,520

Cummins, Inc.
12 profiles
$46,093

Diesel
12 profiles
$33,280

$40,005

Common Career Paths for Diesel Mechanic


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There are some Diesel Mechanics — though it's uncommon — that transition into Maintenance Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. Going from Diesel Mechanic to Diesel Shop Foreman is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $50K. Many others choose to work as Diesel Engine Specialist or Truck Mechanics, where pay is typically $43K.

Diesel Mechanic Job Listings

Popular Skills for Diesel Mechanic


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Diesel Mechanic, Industrial Hydraulics, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Equipment Maintenance, Metal Inert Gas Welding, and Mechanical Tool Repair. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know Electronic Troubleshooting and System Repair.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Mechanic

Pay by Experience for a Diesel Mechanic has a positive trend. An entry-level Diesel Mechanic with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,763 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Diesel Mechanic with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,148 salaries. An experienced Diesel Mechanic which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,178 salaries. A Diesel Mechanic with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 747 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,485

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Diesel Mechanics, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Diesel Mechanics will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Diesel Mechanics have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cleveland and Los Angeles (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Diesel Mechanic Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Diesel Mechanic?

Diesel Mechanic in Albertville:
Be prepared to buy lots of tools.

Diesel Mechanic in Natchitoches:
Pros: Working with my hands and seeing my work succeed.
Cons: Time line and hours. The heat and cold.

Diesel Mechanic in Springfield:
"Hard labor."
Pros: Schedule, pay discounts, and insurance.
Cons: Long hours, covered in grease when I go home.

Diesel Mechanic in Lake Hopatcong:
"Not enough money."
Find a good place or a new career.

Diesel Mechanic in Itasca:
"The deisel mechanic."
Pros: I like that we are always busy. My company allows us to work close to 60 hours a week. What I enjoy most are my coworkers. I like the group of people I work around everyday.
Cons: This job can really wear on your body. I'm 22 and my the end of the work day I feel 50. The work conditions can be rough too. The shop is outside so if it's a cold day I'll be cold all day. If it's a hot day then I'll be hot. It's also very easy to get stressed. At most times I'm the only mechanic so work can pile up. I don't feel like I get paid adequately for all that I do.

Diesel Mechanic in Harrison:
"Awsomeness."
Pros: Ensure safety of drivers and school kids. Work with a great team. Always a challenge. Something new every day. Always learning. Tons of problem solving.
Cons: Can be slow. Some jobs more complex and require long lengths of time. No room for error when dealing with safety and well being of others.

Diesel Mechanic in Meridian:
"Pros and cons being a diesel mechanic."
You will always be in demand however you will struggle in early years even with a tech college degree electronics change very quickly now days and every thing is controlled with a computer your tools will be very expensive and as you build more experience you will have to buy more tools basically you will always have a tool bill always buy the best so you will buy one time and as you grow you will mass a fine set of tools and you can fix anything . I am a professional auto/truck mechanic I have worked and certified in all truck and auto engines can and am certified to work on any part of either one and have $135000.00 tied up in tools it has been a long road but it was worth it now I can make what I want to working for myself or the company remember if you are a good mechanic do good work you will always be in demand.

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Key Stats for Diesel Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1135 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Diesel Mechanic Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$44,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Diesel Mechanic Salaries


Industrial Hydraulics
▲5%



diesel
▲3%

▲2%

MaxxForce Engine Repair
▲2%




National Average
$44,000

Automotive Engine Repair
▼1%

▼3%

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼5%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▼11%

Equipment Maintenance
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1135 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 27%