$19.75
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,030

Profit Sharing

$1,030

Commission

$4,913

Men make up the majority of Diesel Mechanics in the United States, bringing in about $19.63 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Diesel Mechanics spread between $30K and $66K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$27,051 - $73,647
$27K
$45K
$74K
MEDIAN: $45,097
10%
50%
90%

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$13.91 - $27.98
$14
$20
$28
MEDIAN: $19.75
10%
50%
90%

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$0$73K
Salary $27,051 - $73,647
Bonus $207 - $5,086
Profit Sharing $122 - $6,040
Commission $103 - $23,270
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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$29,950 - $66,303
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,224
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $13.91 - $27.98
Hourly Tips $0.05 - $11.20
Overtime $19.42 - $40.22
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $207 - $5,086
Commission $103 - $23,270
Profit Sharing $122 - $6,040
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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$29,950 - $66,303
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Sep 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,800

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$65K

$42,439

U.S. Army
49 profiles
$33,812

$40,786

$42,824

$31,969

MHC Kenworth
16 profiles
$43,938

Diesel
13 profiles
$32,702

Cummins, Inc.
12 profiles
$46,093

$39,905

$36,140

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: $44,496

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 Reviews

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

Diesel Mechanic in Boise:
"Great."
Pros: The job changes from day to day. Your experience helps the company.
Cons: You get really dirty. You often have to work long hours in cold environments.

Diesel Mechanic in Vineland:
Pros: Gain a lot of experience.
Cons: The pay is low with no benefits.

Diesel Mechanic in Chicago:
"Work."
Pros: The stiff that I do and accomplish in a profitable time.
Cons: The people that I work with and my pay I believe I should make way more.

Diesel Mechanic in NM:
Pros: Working on a variety of equipment and trucks. Also being able to gain experience operating different equipment.
Cons: The pay and not getting raises.

Diesel Mechanic in Georgia:
"Mechanic."
Pros: Something different everyday.
Cons: Unorganized. Short handed staff. Horrible parts department. I feel micromanaged by my advisor. I do more than what my job title calls for.

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.

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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 1104 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 1104 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: 26%