Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Tyler, TX
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There are no, or VERY few truck mechanics making over $70,000 year, and those that are are either in a VERY strong union shop that is "flat rate" and getting good work, or they are working for themselves.
Typical hourly rates for diesel truck techs range from $12/hr up to about $30/hr. $30/hr will gross you out to about $60,000/year assuming you don't have a lot of union dues, medical co-pay, or retirement reductions - those ALL reduce your take-home.
You are damned lucky to make $20/hr in "take-home" pay in today's f#cked up world. Every other trade makes a LOT more then a truck tech, and a truck tech works on every system: HVAC, electrical, plumbing, welding, body panels, fabrication (erecting), painting etc., yet are the dead last in terms of pay.
Does that make ANY sense?
'93 F-250 HD, 7.3L IDI, 5spd - FARM TRUCK
I Support: Trailer brakes an every axle over the towing vehicle's GVW; CDLs for RVers; Safety inspections for ALL vehicles and 6 axle trucks (97K GVW proposal).
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