How Much Do Bus and Truck Mechanics Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Bus and Truck Mechanics

Bus and Truck Mechanics diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$52090 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$32,820 to $40,180 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $32,820 to $40,180 per year or $16 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $37 $76,460
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $62,290
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $50,200
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $40,180
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $32,820

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $31 $63,710
MA $30 $62,800
WA $30 $61,710
CT $29 $60,920
CA $29 $60,730
HI $29 $59,940
DC $29 $59,540
NY $28 $59,170
NJ $28 $58,790
ND $28 $57,550

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Bus and Truck Mechanic and Diesel Engine Specialist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Bus and Truck Mechanics are in the states of AK, MA, WA, CT and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Natural Gas Distribution $89790 $43.17
Federal Executive Branch $83950 $40.36
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $73680 $35.42
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $67250 $32.33
Support Activities for Water Transportation $66780 $32.11
Coal Mining $65640 $31.56
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $65340 $31.42
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $65130 $31.31
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $63350 $30.46
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $62980 $30.28
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $61270 $29.46
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil $60920 $29.29
Local Government $60920 $29.29
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $59970 $28.83
Grain and Oilseed Milling $58970 $28.35
Metal Ore Mining $58820 $28.28
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $58800 $28.27
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $58710 $28.23
Building Equipment Contractors $58330 $28.04
Oil and Gas Extraction $58300 $28.03
Ship and Boat Building $57860 $27.82
Telecommunications $57810 $27.80
Scientific Research and Development Services $57290 $27.55
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $57220 $27.51
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $56940 $27.37
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $56290 $27.06
Warehousing and Storage $56110 $26.98
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $56000 $26.92
Dairy Product Manufacturing $55980 $26.92
Automobile Dealers $55760 $26.81

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