Diesel technicians play a crucial role in keeping the heavy-duty industry running smoothly. In this article, we dive into some statistics surrounding this important profession—exploring everything from job satisfaction to what diesel technicians look for in an employer.

Whether you’re considering a career as a diesel technician or simply interested in the trends shaping this field, check out research from our latest Voice of Technician Survey along with other industry sources to learn all about diesel technicians.


  • 95% of diesel technicians are male (Zippia).
  • The average age of diesel technicians is 42 years old (Zippia).
  • 64% of diesel technicians are white/Caucasian, followed by Hispanic or Latino (20%) (Zippia).

What Diesel Technicians Want in an Employer

  • 92% of diesel technicians want paid training provided by the employer.
  • 96% of diesel technicians want paid vacation time.
  • 78% of diesel technicians want thorough and consistent performance reviews.
  • 80% of diesel technicians agree that a well-documented career path is important.
  • 58% of diesel technicians don’t want to work weekends.
  • 57% of diesel technicians want to work for a shop that provides an adequate tool allowance.
  • 43% of diesel technicians would prefer to be paid hourly while 41% would prefer to be paid hourly with a production bonus.

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Diesel Technician Job Satisfaction

  • 68% of diesel technicians believe their shop provides adequate paid training.
  • 68% of diesel technicians think their employer provides fair compensation.
  • 70% of diesel technicians think their employer provides good benefits.
  • 56% of diesel technicians feel respected by management.
  • Less than half (43%) of diesel technicians think their shop management communicates well.
  • 56% of diesel technicians think their shop has a well laid out career path.

Diesel Industry

  • 45% of diesel technicians have considered leaving the industry.
  • 44% of diesel technicians believe in order to fix the technician shortage, we should start by having shops pay for tools or provide an adequate tool allowance.
  • 20% of diesel technicians said they would be very likely to recommend their profession to a friend.
  • Employment of diesel technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2022 to 2032 (BLS).

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