Building Maintenance Worker Salary

A sizeable majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.39 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.79 per hour and $20.39. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,178 - $51,524

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$9.79 - $20.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,178 - $51,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,185  
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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$20,604 - $45,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $20.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.62  
Overtime
$13.11 - $31.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,185  
   
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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$20,604 - $45,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
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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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Building Maintenance Workers sometimes assume positions such as Building & Facility Managers. That role pays $54K per year on average. Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors are common next-step roles for Building Maintenance Workers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Building Maintenance Engineers is $14K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Maintenance Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker


Survey results suggest that Building Maintenance Workers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with HVAC, Carpentry, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning, Painting, and ELECTRICAL. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to know Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people who know Plumbing also know 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.


For Building Maintenance Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $27K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Building Maintenance Workers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, Columbus offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Milwaukee (+25 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 18 percent less in St. Louis and 9 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

HVAC
up arrow 21%

Carpentry
up arrow 18%


Plumbing
up arrow 4%

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 4%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 5%

Painting
up arrow 13%

Cleaning
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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