Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
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Overview
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians, also called mechanics, inspect, maintain, and repair vehicles and machinery used in construction, farming, rail transportation, and other industries.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for mobile heavy equipment mechanics are expected to grow by 8%, and should have about 13,600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics are less likely to be automated than 62% of other careers.
Workforce size
Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, with 127,400 workers, form a larger workforce than 70% of careers.
Education
Only 4% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics have bachelor's degrees than 87% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for mobile heavy equipment mechanics is higher than 55% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most mobile heavy equipment mechanics.
This job's median $52KAll jobs' median $39K$51K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 1% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics -- that's a smaller percentage than 97% of other jobs.
Gender of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, the median men's salary was 7% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 9% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 54% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, and 65% have company-sponsored health insurance (17% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of mobile heavy equipment mechanics who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (95%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (92%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (77%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (76%)
  • Time Pressure (75%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (69%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (62%)
  • Consequence of Error (55%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (39%)
  • Exposed to High Places (38%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, which combines the data for 3 careers, including mobile heavy equipment mechanics. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for mobile heavy equipment mechanics, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for mobile heavy equipment mechanics compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for mobile heavy equipment mechanics (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where mobile heavy equipment mechanics work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics (ACS)
Private for-profit (83.8%)
Private not-for-profit (0.9%)
Local government (4.9%)
State government (1.9%)
Federal government (4.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (3.1%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$51K$50K$52K$44K$50K$34K$51K$47K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of mobile heavy equipment mechanics by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty mobile heavy equipment mechanics, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$52K$56K$55K$51K$55K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics and gender

With 1% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 97% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Men (99%)
Women (1%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, with the median salary for men 7% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics than for 94% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
White (87% )
Black (4% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (1% )
Asian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics by nativity
$43K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by mobile heavy equipment mechanics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), mobile heavy equipment mechanics typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics.

Education attained by heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for mobile heavy equipment mechanics

Most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, physics, and welding provide a strong foundation for a service technician’s career. However, high school graduates often need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary training program in diesel technology or heavy equipment mechanics is increasingly considered the best preparation for some entry-level positions. Offered by vocational schools and community colleges, these programs cover the basics of diagnostic techniques, electronics, and other related subjects. Each program may last 1 to 2 years and lead to a certificate of completion. Other programs, which lead to associate’s degrees, generally take 2 years to complete.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for mobile heavy equipment mechanics

Some manufacturers offer certification in specific repair methods or equipment. Although not required, certification can demonstrate a service technician’s competence and usually commands higher pay.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics? Below we see the distribution of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$42K$51K$52K$54K$54K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (12%)High School (45%)Some College (27%)Associate's Degree (13%)Bachelor's Degree (3%)
Certificate/degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
1,122
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
800
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

What jobs will most heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanicsMaintenance and repair workersIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsAutomotive service technicians and mechanicsJanitors and building cleanersConstruction laborersAgricultural workers (specialized areas)CarpentersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersHand laborers and freight, stock, and material moversManagers (specialized areas)Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics as well as 1% of respondents after working as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
Carpenters
113,800
$0$200K$34K
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
78,200
$0$200K$36K
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
51,000
$0$200K$39K
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
6.1%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
2.9%
Carpenters
113,800
$0$200K$34K
1.4%
Agricultural Managers
95,600
$0$200K$39K
1.4%
Automotive service technicians and mechanics
78,200
$0$200K$36K
3.8%
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
68,500
$0$200K$44K
1.1%
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
51,000
$0$200K$39K
1.4%
Construction equipment operators
48,300
$0$200K$46K
1.6%
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
39,100
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics
33,200
$0$200K$50K
5.5%
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
28,500
$0$200K$43K
11.1%
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
1.2%
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics
20,400
$0$200K$51K
33.7%
No occupation
3.6%
Read about mobile heavy equipment mechanics
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians typically do the following:

  • Consult equipment operating manuals, blueprints, and drawings
  • Perform scheduled maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating parts
  • Diagnose and identify malfunctions, using computerized tools and equipment
  • Inspect, repair, and replace defective or worn parts, such as bearings, pistons, and gears
  • Overhaul and test major components, such as engines, hydraulic systems, and electrical systems
  • Disassemble and reassemble heavy equipment and components
  • Travel to worksites to repair large equipment, such as cranes
  • Maintain logs of equipment condition and work performed

Heavy vehicles and mobile equipment are critical to many industrial activities, including construction and railroad transportation. Various types of equipment, such as tractors, cranes, and bulldozers, are used to haul materials, till land, lift beams, and dig earth to pave the way for development and construction.

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians repair and maintain engines, hydraulic systems, transmissions, and electrical systems of agricultural, industrial, construction, and rail equipment. They ensure the performance and safety of fuel lines, brakes, and other systems.

These service technicians use diagnostic computers and equipment to identify problems and make adjustments or repairs. For example, they may use an oscilloscope to observe the signals produced by electronic components. Service technicians also use many different power and machine tools, including pneumatic wrenches, lathes, and welding equipment. A pneumatic tool, such as an impact wrench, is a tool powered by compressed air.

Service technicians also use many different hand tools, such as screwdrivers, pliers, and wrenches, to work on small parts and in hard-to-reach areas. They generally purchase these tools over the course of their careers, often investing thousands of dollars in their inventory.

After identifying malfunctioning equipment, service technicians repair, replace, and recalibrate components such as hydraulic pumps and spark plugs. Doing this may involve disassembling and reassembling major equipment or making adjustments through an onboard computer program.

The following are examples of types of heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians:

Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians service and repair farm equipment, such as tractors and harvesters. They also work on smaller consumer-grade lawn and garden tractors. Most work for dealer repair shops, where farmers increasingly send their equipment for maintenance.

Mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain construction and surface mining equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, graders, and excavators. Most work for governments, equipment rental and leasing shops, and large construction and mining companies.

Rail car repairers specialize in servicing railroad locomotives, subway cars, and other rolling stock. They usually work for railroads, public and private transit companies, and railcar manufacturers.

Mechanics who work primarily on automobiles are described in the profile on automotive service technicians and mechanics.

Mechanics who work primarily on large trucks and buses are described in the profile on diesel service technicians and mechanics.

Mechanics who work primarily on motorboats, motorcycles, and small all-terrain vehicles are described in the profile on small engine mechanics.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of mobile heavy equipment mechanics? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Dexterity
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must perform many tasks, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, with a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.
Mechanical skills
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They must often disassemble major parts for repairs and be able to reassemble them.
Organizational skills
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must maintain accurate service records and parts inventories.
Physical strength
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be able to lift and move heavy equipment, tools, and parts without risking injury.
Troubleshooting skills
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians must be familiar with diagnostic equipment to find the source of malfunctions.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for mobile heavy equipment mechanics
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for mobile heavy equipment mechanics was higher than 55% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for mobile heavy equipment mechanics are anticipated to grow by 8% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 49% of other jobs.

The projected employment for mobile heavy equipment mechanics is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most mobile heavy equipment mechanics? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as mobile heavy equipment mechanics. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where mobile heavy equipment mechanics earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which mobile heavy equipment mechanics earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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