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The diesel mechanic industry continues to grow and so does the need for skilled technicians. Earning and salary for Diesel Mechanics is based off of experience, responsibility, performance, and location. For every year worked, the skill level and complexity of diesel mechanics increase and so do the chances for a higher salary.
What Kind Of Salary Do Diesel Mechanics Earn?
The U.S. Department of Labor factored out diesel mechanics median earnings for May 2008 was $18.94 hourly. The middle 50% earned between $15.25 and $23.58 an hour. The lowest 10% of diesel mechanics earned a wage less than $12.50, while the top 10% earned a wage more than $28.41 hourly. The annual wage for diesel mechanics ranges from $26,000 up to $59,090.
Certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) does increase a technicianís ability to advance and earn a higher salary. Other possible factors that could increase a technicians wage include a State commercial driverís license. A commercial driverís license (CDL) is required if a technician needs to test-dive any commercial equipment on public roads.
The U.S. Department of Labor found in May 2008 that the States with the highest concentration of diesel mechanics included: Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico. The top paying States for diesel mechanics were: Alaska, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nevada, and District of Columbia. The metropolitan areas that were considered to be the top paying for diesel mechanics included: Napa, CA, Fairbanks, AK, Oakland, CA, Hanford, CA, and Kokomo, IN.