Building Maintenance Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States, bringing in about $14.37 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.80 per hour and $20.28. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Building Maintenance Workers. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,582 - $52,078
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,183
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$9.80 - $20.28
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,582 - $52,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,170  
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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$20,617 - $45,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $20.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.62  
Overtime
$12.75 - $31.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,170  
   
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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$20,617 - $45,729  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,133
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Building & Facility Manager, where median compensation is $54K annually. Building Maintenance Workers typically move into roles as Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors, and those positions pay $14K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker


Building Maintenance Workers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with HVAC, Carpentry, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Painting, ELECTRICAL, and Household Electronic Repair. Skill sets containing Plumbing also tend to include Electronic Troubleshooting and Facility Maintenance & Coordination. Most people who know Maintenance also know Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Building Maintenance Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Building Maintenance Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $27K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Building Maintenance Workers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Columbus is home to an above-average pay rate for Building Maintenance Workers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Building Maintenance Workers will also find cushy salaries in Milwaukee (+25 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 18 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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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 16%


Plumbing
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Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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National Average
$31,000

Maintenance
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ELECTRICAL
up arrow 4%

Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 4%

Painting
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%
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