$47,975
Avg. Salary
$19.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,007

Profit Sharing

$992

Commission

$2,048

The average pay for a Diesel Technician is $19.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Diesel Technician is $47,975 per year.

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MEDIAN $47,975
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$0$77K
Salary $28,976 - $77,153
Bonus $148 - $4,530
Profit Sharing $204 - $4,055
Commission $0.00 - $40,695
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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$30,811 - $64,995
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 291
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.44 - $27.92
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.22
Overtime $20.38 - $40.54
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $148 - $4,530
Commission $0.00 - $40,695
Profit Sharing $204 - $4,055
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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$30,811 - $64,995
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,495

Job Description for Diesel Technician

Diesel technician are tasked with maintaining and repairing diesel engines.

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Diesel Technician 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Diesel Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Diesel Technicians include Ryder Systems, Inc., Cummins, Inc., Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Enterprises, Inc, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc. Republic Services Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $54K on average. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at Waste Management, Inc. ($50K), Cummins, Inc. ($50K), and MHC Kenworth ($49K).

Offering a median of only $37K, Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $30K on the lower end and $56K on the higher end. Penske Truck Leasing LLC, Rush Truck Centers, and Ryder Systems, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($40K, $41K, and $43K respectively).

Common Career Paths for Diesel Technician


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Diesel Technicians may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Automotive Service Manager, which pays $53K on average annually. A Diesel Mechanic role is the most prevalent career advancement for Diesel Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $41K on average. The Diesel Shop Foreman position is another common transition for Diesel Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $50K mark.

Diesel Technician Job Listings

Popular Skills for Diesel Technician


Diesel Technicians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Metal Inert Gas Welding, Industrial Hydraulics, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Diesel Technician and MaxxForce Engine Repair as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Electronic Troubleshooting also know Welding.

Pay by Experience Level for Diesel Technician

Pay by Experience for a Diesel Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Diesel Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 827 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Diesel Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 450 salaries. An experienced Diesel Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 413 salaries. A Diesel Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 188 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,157

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

For Diesel Technicians, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Diesel Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+14 percent), Indianapolis (+13 percent), Salt Lake City (+11 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Compared to the national average, El Paso Diesel Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (16 percent less) and Atlanta (13 percent less).

Diesel Technician Reviews

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

Diesel Technician in Indianapolis:
Pros: I like the challenge of trying to diagnose an issue and then resolving to problem.
Cons: I don't feel appreciated by most of my superiors. I feel like I deserve better.

Diesel Technician in Charlotte:
"UNDER PAID."
Pros: Specialized to only cummins engines.
Cons: Too many chiefs and not enough indians!

Diesel Technician in Brunswick:
"To learn more about management."
Learn the systems / know there limits / above all be patient.

Diesel Technician in Eau Claire:
"Go to school."
School is good. It gets you a job. However, experience is far better. I work with new techs that went to school and don't know anything BUT they make a great starting salary. So go to school but get experience while going to school.

Diesel Technician in Norwalk:
"Dangers in chemicals."
Safety always first always be aware of your surroundings.

Diesel Technician in Tigard:
"Tech 2."
Pros: Quality tools a commitment to good work and not to stressful.
Cons: Poor management of some things. Favoritism of employees lack of motivation to do better.

Diesel Technician in Austin:
"If You're Good, You'll Do Great."
Most mechanics don't choose the job, it chooses them. They do it because it's the one thing they're really good at. I'm good at a great many things, and turning wrenches isn't one of them. I wanted to learn, and I've learned a lot, but it's not a skill that's easy to teach late in life. Even though I haven't gotten really, really good at the skills, I've done well for myself. Come to work every day, on time, no matter what, and have a good attitude. Be ready to learn, because the field is always changing. Acquire some knowledge and experience in a lot of areas, and a lot of knowledge and experience in one or two areas--it'll make you indispensable.

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Key Stats for Diesel Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 499 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Diesel Technician Salaries

▲25%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$45,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Diesel Technician Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▲20%

Industrial Hydraulics
▲17%

System Repair
▲10%






▼0%

diesel engine repair
▼0%

Equipment Maintenance
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


MaxxForce Engine Repair
▼8%

Diesel Technician
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 499 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 23%