Building Maintenance Worker Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.07 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $9.76 per hour to $20.22. Total cash compensation to Building Maintenance Workers bottoms out near $21,960 and approaches $49,754 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $1,011 from bonuses and almost $9,863 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and about half receive dental plans. Most Building Maintenance Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Building Maintenance Worker Salary (?
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$21,960 - $49,754
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MEDIAN: $33,900
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Building Maintenance Worker Salary (?
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$9.76 - $20.22
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,960 - $49,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,479 - $45,683  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $20.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.25  
Overtime
$12.16 - $32.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,479 - $45,683  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 990
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Job Description for Building Maintenance Worker

A building maintenance worker is responsible for various duties associated with keeping a building in excellent shape in terms of visual appeal, function, and safety for the individuals in the building. Building maintenance workers must possess a very varied skill set; they can be expected to handle plumbing, painting, masonry, roofing, HVAC systems, and many other issues that arise in a building. One day they may be changing air conditioner filters and light bulbs; the next day, they may be dealing with a flooded basement, and, the day after that, they may be replacing worn-out carpeting.
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Building Maintenance Worker Tasks
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that building systems operate efficiently and that the physical condition of buildings do not deteriorate.
  • Perform maintenance tasks such as carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical repairs to ensure that the building is properly maintained.
  • Clean and repair building fixtures including lights, locks, windows, doors, screens, walls, floors, gutters and drains.
  • Operate and perform routine maintenance and repairs on HVAC equipment and related systems.

Common Career Paths for Building Maintenance Worker

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For Building Maintenance Workers, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Building & Facility Manager, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $23K annually than those further down the career ladder. Building Maintenance Workers can earn $14,062 or $17,152 more per year when they move into roles as Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with HVAC, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Painting. Most people skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent in Electronic Troubleshooting and Facility Maintenance & Coordination.

Pay by Experience Level for Building Maintenance Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Building Maintenance Workers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $27K climbs to $30K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $33K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Building Maintenance Workers tend to earn $37K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Milwaukee
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Chicago
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New York
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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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Austin
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National Average
$31,000
Detroit
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Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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For Building Maintenance Workers, Milwaukee provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Pittsburgh are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Building Maintenance Workers earning around 11 percent, 9 percent, 4 percent, and 2 percent more than average. Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers in St. Louis and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-7 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

National Average
$31,000

Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

HVAC
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Plumbing
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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National Average
$31,000
Maintenance
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ELECTRICAL
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Painting
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%
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