Building Maintenance Worker Salary

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 $14.50 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.78 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.77. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Building Maintenance Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the greater part have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,052 - $51,347
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,291
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$9.78 - $20.77
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,052 - $51,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
Profit Sharing
$75.00  
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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$20,540 - $47,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $20.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.62  
Overtime
$14.35 - $32.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
   
Profit Sharing
$75.00  
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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$20,540 - $47,200  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,363
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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.

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Building Maintenance Workers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Building & Facility Manager. The average Building & Facility Manager brings home $54K per year. It is quite typical for Building Maintenance Workers to transition into roles as Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $14K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Equipment Maintenance, HVAC, and Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 22 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cleaning, Painting, and ELECTRICAL. Most people who know Maintenance also know Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people skilled in Plumbing 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.


For Building Maintenance Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $36K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,113

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Building Maintenance Workers will find that Columbus offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+14 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Building Maintenance Workers in Cleveland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh (20 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 30%

HVAC
up arrow 22%

Carpentry
up arrow 17%


Plumbing
up arrow 4%

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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National Average
$31,000

Maintenance
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Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 5%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 6%

Painting
up arrow 16%

Cleaning
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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