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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-21-2008, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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diesel technicians salary??

Hi, i really love diesel motors and i have a friend who is going down to Wyo Tech to become a diesel mechanic. Right now he just cleans up at a shop and is getting paid $15 an hour, he told me that diesel mechanics get paid $100 000 and knows someone who lives around him that makes 150 000 by working at the port. I was wondering if i was to go down to Wyo tech and become a diesel mechanic, would i really get paid around $100 000?? and would it take a few years or only one??
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yea i want to know this info too
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iam no diesel tech.. i work for nissan... i make 70k.. im a b tech nissan is coming out with a diesel i havent herd that i would be getting more money.....

but some techs make 100k they get fed.. the gravy work..

honestly i wouldnt get involved..plus diesel dirty heavy back breaking work.. .... be a cop retire in 20 years thats what iam shooting for....
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well i am not talking about a dealership tech, i am talking about someone that works on big rigs.
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100k is not typical for the majority of diesel mechanics. The ones that make that kind of money are the usually the field guys that go to Iraq, Alaska or that just work a azz load of hours. I've been at it since june 05, graduated w/associates in may 07, making about 50k now w/50-55 hour weeks, but from what i understand the place where i work pays less than most places.

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My friend that works at frieghtliner makes $23hr as a flat rate tech. Lots of shops are going to flat rate. If a job pays 6hrs that is what you get whether it takes 10 or 3. You can also get back flagged if a job comes back. I would say $100k is streching it a bit. You also need to remember that he has $40k+ in tools and hands,wrist, and arms hurt like hell from years of using and impact/air hammer. He can rebuild engines(certified on mack,volvo,cat,cummins detroits,and mb),3rd members,trannies,and anything else that needs to be done. Coming out of Wyotech you will have 1/10 his knowledge and your pay will likley reflect that. He could make more in a different area but the increase wouldn't cover the cost of living increase. Try torquing a set of mains to 450-600lbs ON YOUR BACK if you want to know how tough the job is.

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Really depends on where you work, too. One guy I went to tech school with ( '95-'98) was only getting barely more than minimum wage, and he had been there for over a year, working at a Cummins shop turning wrenches.

At that time, TMC was paying oil changers ~$13/hr and that guy was getting $6.50/hr at Cummins.

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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.

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tell you what,you show me a diesel mechanic getting 100k a year working a 40 hr week,ill sell you some swamp land n arizona!

even service managers dont get that,not even after 20 yrs of working.if he is getting $15 for cleaning the shop,maybe you should just do that,you would be healthier than being a diesel mechanic.show me 1 diesel mechanic without bad knees,ankles,back,or wrists,than he is not a food mechanic.all of us good ones has one or 2 of these things wrong with them!
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