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How much does a diesel technician make in 2021?
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June 24, 2021

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

We will touch on the following topics to provide the best answer to the question, how much does a diesel technician make in 2021?:

Median pay for diesel technicians

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for Diesel Service Technicians and Technicians was $24.13 an hour or $50,200 per year in 2020.

Make note: This median number is calculated by averaging the income of diesel technicians who are entry-level – people who probably make far less than the median – and the income of technicians 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 technician 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 technicians make

How much a diesel technician makes in 2021 at Schneider can vary based on several factors, but as a general overview...

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

  • A Diesel Technician I is Schneider’s most entry-level technician 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 Technician II could expect to start out making about $16-25 an hour at Schneider.

  • A Diesel Technician 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.

A Senior Tractor Technician could expect to start out making about $22-35 an hour at Schneider.

  • A Senior Tractor Technician generally has a technical degree in Diesel Technology and 4+ years of experience in the field. They are highly skilled diesel technicians with a background in using diagnostic software.
  • This range can vary based on work experience, education level, geographic location, shift differential pay, etc.

Service Truck Technicians and Maintenance Team Leaders at Schneider earn varied hourly rates and salaries based on where they live and their experience level.

What influences how much a diesel technician makes:

  • Work experience.

How much work experience a technician has is one of the greatest impacts on how much a diesel technician 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 only 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.

On the other hand, having a CDL as a diesel technician, typically does not make any impact your income.

  • Skill level.

At Schneider, associates with a higher skill level, like a Master Technician or a Lead Technician, are going to make more than a Diesel Technician I or II. Technicians 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.

Often, diesel technicians work about 40 hours per week, but they can usually take advantage of overtime hours. They can work extra hours at an overtime rate to increase their overall income.

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

  • Location.

Where you live can have an influence on how much you make as a diesel technician. 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 technicians. Some of the benefits Schneider offers, include:

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

See Schneider's full list of benefits here.

Searching for a diesel technician job?

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

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