Updated August 22, 2022

Average Diesel Mechanic Salary

$49,842yearly

$23.96 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$49,842
Median
$67,000
90 %

How much does a Diesel Mechanic make?

Diesel mechanics make $49,842 per year on average, or $23.96 per hour, in the United States. Diesel mechanics on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $67,000.

Location impacts how much a diesel mechanic can expect to make. Diesel mechanics make the most in Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Alaska.

Highest Paying States For Diesel Mechanics

The darker areas on the map show where diesel mechanics earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Salary:

Diesel Mechanic average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Alaska$61,033$29.34125
2Washington$60,343$29.01881
3Connecticut$61,110$29.38377
4Nevada$53,453$25.70302
5Rhode Island$61,259$29.45126
6New Hampshire$56,882$27.35199
7Maine$53,641$25.79170
8Wyoming$50,929$24.4987
9New York$58,928$28.331,487
10Vermont$53,594$25.7798
11Massachusetts$61,191$29.42666
12North Dakota$49,715$23.90139
13Pennsylvania$51,539$24.781,457
14Louisiana$49,251$23.68530
15Hawaii$62,268$29.9494
16New Jersey$57,517$27.65846
17Ohio$48,964$23.541,334
18Montana$49,223$23.66217
19Delaware$52,041$25.02146
20California$58,809$28.272,249
21Maryland$55,525$26.69677
22Indiana$46,830$22.51919
23Oregon$50,122$24.10527
24Texas$47,890$23.022,616
25Michigan$48,971$23.54798
26Wisconsin$47,671$22.92698
27Tennessee$46,302$22.26758
28Minnesota$50,273$24.17611
29Iowa$45,051$21.66692
30District of Columbia$56,492$27.1663
31Virginia$51,588$24.80899
32Georgia$46,865$22.531,351
33Illinois$49,941$24.011,206
34Colorado$49,810$23.95655
35North Carolina$46,867$22.531,104
36Arizona$48,157$23.15656
37Florida$45,744$21.992,217
38Utah$46,364$22.29401
39South Dakota$46,922$22.56106
40Kentucky$43,202$20.77507
41South Carolina$43,007$20.68660
42Alabama$41,636$20.02638
43Missouri$46,454$22.33592
44West Virginia$44,072$21.19132
45Mississippi$38,614$18.56357
46Oklahoma$41,049$19.74418
47Nebraska$40,344$19.40291
48New Mexico$42,255$20.31249
49Arkansas$40,481$19.46334
50Kansas$43,780$21.05295
51Idaho$43,316$20.82182

Highest Paying Cities For Diesel Mechanics

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Richmond, CA$60,835$29.25
2Seattle, WA$60,749$29.21
3New York, NY$59,033$28.38
4Portland, ME$53,930$25.93
5Las Vegas, NV$53,325$25.64
6Philadelphia, PA$51,951$24.98
7Richmond, VA$51,408$24.72
8Minneapolis, MN$50,304$24.18
9Cleveland, OH$50,292$24.18
10Chicago, IL$50,144$24.11
11Portland, OR$50,107$24.09
12Fort Collins, CO$49,964$24.02
13Shreveport, LA$49,252$23.68
14Phoenix, AZ$48,283$23.21
15Austin, TX$47,989$23.07

Diesel Mechanic Salary Details

Average Diesel Mechanic Salary Graph
Average Diesel Mechanic Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Diesel Mechanic's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$67,000$5,583$32
75th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
Average$49,842$4,154$24
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$37,000$3,083$18

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Automotive Service Technician$43,077$3,590$20.71177,784
Auto Technician$41,435$3,453$19.92131,515
Mechanic Helper$31,892$2,658$15.3348,546
Heavy Equipment Mechanic$49,018$4,085$23.5798,464
Mobile Equipment Mechanic$72,190$6,016$34.71105,687
Truck Mechanic$50,169$4,181$24.1280,942

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Cummins Jobs (66)
  2. Baker Hughes Jobs (53)
  3. XPO Logistics Jobs (202)
  4. Estes Express Lines Jobs (137)
  5. Waste Connections Jobs (168)

Which Companies Pay Diesel Mechanics The Most?

The highest paying companies for diesel mechanics are Hensel Phelps and Sierra Pacific Industries according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Crown Equipment and Covanta report highly competitive wages for diesel mechanics.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Hensel Phelps$68,937$33.14
2Sierra Pacific Industries$66,586$32.0112
3Crown Equipment$65,935$31.70260
4Covanta$63,715$30.6315
5Adams Construction$62,672$30.13
6Blythe Construction$62,223$29.911
7HTH Companies$61,527$29.582
8US Foods$61,146$29.4050
9Flippo Construction$61,025$29.341
10BJ Energy Solutions$60,801$29.23
11American Asphalt$60,784$29.222
12Canadian Pacific Railway$60,567$29.128
13Performance Contracting$59,913$28.801
14National Radio Astronomy Observatory$59,913$28.802
15Keurig Dr Pepper$59,735$28.7218
16Southeast Connections$59,511$28.616
17Baker Hughes$59,209$28.473
18Structural Group$59,183$28.456
19Airgas$58,859$28.3031
20CSX$58,484$28.128

How Much Do Diesel Mechanics Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a diesel mechanic salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The energy industry pays diesel mechanics an average salary of $54,273

  2. The construction industry pay $53,886

  3. The lowest paying industry for diesel mechanics is the automotive industry. Diesel mechanics in this industry earn an average salary of $44,891

Highest Paying Industries For Diesel Mechanics

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Energy$54,273$26.09
2Construction$53,886$25.91
3Utilities$52,305$25.15
4Manufacturing$51,636$24.82
5Transportation$51,154$24.59
6Retail$45,244$21.75
7Automotive$44,891$21.58

High Paying Diesel Mechanic Jobs

Diesel Mechanic Salary Trends

The salary for a diesel mechanic can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average Diesel Mechanic Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Diesel Mechanic Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$49,800$23.96+3.4%
    2021$48,200$23.15+2.4%
    2020$47,000$22.60+2.1%
    2019$46,000$22.13+2.6%
    2018$44,800$21.56+1.4%

    Recently Added Diesel Mechanic Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Labor Services CompanyImmediate Job Openings for Diesel MechanicsWest Memphis, AR07/26/2022$45,914
    CarvanaDiesel Mechanic-All EXP. LevelsConcord, NC07/26/2022$37,566
    BrinksDiesel Mechanic/TechnicianCleveland, OH07/26/2022$58,436
    CarvanaDiesel Mechanic-All EXP. LevelsLebanon, TN07/26/2022$37,566
    XPO LogisticsDiesel Mechanic-3Rd ShiftShreveport, LA07/26/2022$64,822
    CarvanaDiesel Mechanic-All EXP. LevelsPomona, CA07/26/2022$37,566
    First StudentDiesel MechanicMinneapolis, MN07/26/2022$50,088
    First StudentDiesel Mechanic at Providence Public SchoolsProvidence, RI07/26/2022$68,871
    CarvanaDiesel Mechanic-All EXP. LevelsLas Vegas, NV07/26/2022$37,566
    CarvanaDiesel Mechanic-All EXP. LevelsWinder, GA07/26/2022$37,566

    Diesel Mechanic Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Diesel Mechanics the most?

    Hawaii pays Diesel Mechanics the most in the United States, with an average salary of $62,268 per year, or $29.94 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Diesel Mechanic?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Diesel Mechanic if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Rhode Island you should be paid close to $61,259 per year.

    What type of Diesel Mechanic gets paid the most?

    Mobile Equipment Mechanic gets paid the most. Mobile Equipment Mechanic made a median salary of $72,190. The best-paid 10 percent make $92,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $56,000.

    Can diesel mechanics make six figures?

    No, diesel mechanics can't usually make six figures. The salary range for diesel mechanics is from the lowest, around $33,000, to the highest of more than $76,000.

    Even in the highest-paying industry of natural gas distribution, the annual mean wage in 2020 was only around $90,000. All other industries typically make less than that.

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