How much does a diesel mechanic make in 2020?

By The Schneider Guy Mar 17, 2020
How much a diesel mechanic makes in 2020 varies based on education, location, experience and more.

Just like any other job, how much a diesel mechanic makes varies greatly due to numerous influencers. What type of mechanic you are, if you have a post-secondary degree, where you live, etc. will all have an impact on your income as a diesel mechanic.

We will touch on the following topics to provide the best answer to the question, how much does a diesel mechanic make in 2020?:

Median pay for diesel mechanics:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for Diesel Service Mechanics and Mechanics was $22.76 an hour or $47,350 per year in 2018.

Make note: This median number is calculated by averaging the income of diesel mechanics who are entry-level – people who probably make far less than the median – and the income of mechanics who have many years of experience – people who probably make far more than the median.

When comparing your wage (or offered starting wage) as a diesel mechanic to this median number, it is important to think about how much experience you have and how it is impacting the income you make.

How much Schneider diesel mechanics make:

How much a diesel mechanic makes in 2020 at Schneider has a multitude of influencers, but as a general overview…

A Diesel Mechanic I could expect to start out making about $15-20 an hour at Schneider.

A Diesel Mechanic I is Schneider’s most entry-level mechanic position. They generally have a high school diploma, or possibly a technical degree, and little to no work experience.

This range can vary based on work experience, education level, geographic location, shift differential pay, etc.

A Diesel Mechanic II could expect to start out making about $16-22 an hour at Schneider.

A Diesel Mechanic II generally has a technical degree in Diesel Technology (or similar field) and has completed an internship or has a few years of related work experience.

This range can vary based on work experience, education level, geographic location, shift differential pay, etc.

What influences how much a diesel mechanic makes:

Work experience.

How much work experience a mechanic has is one of the greatest impacts on how much a diesel mechanic makes at Schneider. Someone who completed an internship or has years of work experience, will have a higher starting wage than someone who is completely new to the industry.

Education.

Generally, at Schneider, someone with a technical degree in diesel technology will have a higher starting wage than someone who has a high school diploma. However, work experience will likely have more of an impact on wage rather than if you have a college degree or not.

Skill level.

At Schneider, associates at a higher skill level, like a Master Mechanic or a Lead Mechanic, are going to make more than a Diesel Mechanic I or II. Mechanics who become highly specialized in one area (tractor, trailer, bulk, refrigerated, etc.) will be compensated at a higher wage level due to their specialized skills.

Hours.

Diesel mechanics who work during second and third shift make $1.50 per hour in shift differential. Mechanics work every other weekend, and during those weekend hours, make an extra $.65 an hour at Schneider.

Often, overtime hours are available and diesel mechanics can work extra hours at an overtime rate to increase their overall income.

Location.

Where you live can have an influence on how much you make as a diesel mechanic. At Schneider, some locations have different pay rates based on the cost of labor in that geographical region. Schneider’s pay rates are market-driven.

Employer.

Some companies offer additional benefits to diesel mechanics. Some of the benefits Schneider offers, include:

  • Health and dental insurance.
  • 401(k) with company match.
  • Company-provided uniforms.
  • Company-paid training.
  • Bi-annual skills competition – Schneider’s top mechanics compete in a national competition for significant monetary prizes.

See Schneider’s full list of benefits.

Searching for a diesel mechanic job?

Whether you’re new to the field or an experienced mechanic, Schneider is hiring all levels of mechanics. See what we have in your area and apply for a job that interests you.

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