Heavy Duty Salaries? How Much do Diesel Mechanics Make?

Due to the nature of labor statistics and data, which is mostly gathered by governmental agencies, it is a little difficult to answer the question, “How much do diesel mechanics really make?” However, we can look at past data in order to come up with estimated answers for the question, “How much do diesel mechanics make in general?”

We will examine the most up-to-date salary and employment information for diesel mechanics in the U.S., followed by brief examinations and comparisons of how much diesel mechanics make in other English speaking countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.


How much do diesel mechanics make in the U.S.?

Average Annual Salary across the Nation

The most up-to-date data on how much diesel mechanics in the US make comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, they reported that a diesel mechanic in the United States, on average made an annual salary of $40,700. Another website, Payscale.com, reported data on diesel mechanic salaries in late 2010. They reported a national annual salary around $40,800 for diesel mechanics who voluntarily reported their salaries to the website.


U.S. States with the Highest Average Diesel Mechanic Salary

Again, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, diesel mechanics living and working in Alaska had the highest salaries on average. They reported mechanics in Alaska were making around $52,100 per year. Coming in second place were diesel mechanics in New Jersey ($47,400), then Connecticut ($47, 200). In fourth place was Nevada with an average annual diesel mechanic salary of $47,200.


U.S. Cities with the Highest Average Diesel Mechanic Salary

The U.S. BLS data can also be broken down by U.S. city. Diesel mechanics working in Fairbanks, Alaska; Oakland, California; Hanford, California; Napa, California and Kokomo, Indiana, were making more than their counterparts in other cities. In these cities, the average diesel mechanic was making between $55,800 and $60,000 per year.


What is the range in salary for diesel mechanics in the U.S.?

Average and median salaries don’t really give the whole picture, unfortunately. While some diesel mechanics reported making up$60,000 in some U.S. cities, on the lower end of the range, other diesel mechanics were only making around $26,000 per year in 2008.

How much do diesel mechanics make in other parts of the world?


In Canada, the average salary of a diesel mechanic is around $48,814 CAD per year.

United Kingdom

In 2008, the average salary for all mechanic jobs was £25,591. In 2009, UK mechanics actually reported a decrease in salary on average, bringing it down to £24,746. A year later, in 2010, the average salary for was £23,782. These drops in average salary most likely reflect problems due to the global recession. However, this data include all types of mechanics, and diesel mechanics (being specialized) generally make more than general mechanics or auto mechanics.


In Australia, the average income for a mechanic is approximately $24,700 AUD per year.

How much do diesel mechanics make in the U.S. versus other countries?

By looking at data from the US Department of Labor, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the UK Employment Department and Canadian Employee Statistics, we can compare the how much mechanics make each month in each of these countries.

  • United States. At the time of data collection, in 2005, the average U.S. salary for a diesel mechanic was $2,530 USD/month. This was based on a reported average work week of 39 hours.
  • Australia. In Australia, mechanics’ average income was approximately $2,030 USD/month. This was reported by mechanics who claimed to work about 40 hours in an average work week.
  • United Kingdom. The median salary for a mechanic in the UK was around $2,170 USD/month at the time of data collection. This was for mechanics who had worked about 40 hours a week.
  • Canada. In Canada, mechanics reported earning around $1,546 USD/month on average in 2005. Their work week was reported to be slightly lower than other major English speaking countries, at just 34 hours per week.

So the answer to “How much do diesel mechanics make?” varies by country, with U.S. diesel mechanics having the highest national salary, on average, than other major English-speaking countries.

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