Building Maintenance Worker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Building Maintenance Workers earn an average of $14.35 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.79 per hour, and the top verges on $20.30. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Building Maintenance Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,966 - $51,601
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,949
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$9.79 - $20.30
(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
$21,966 - $51,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,158  
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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$20,567 - $45,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $20.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.62  
Overtime
$12.90 - $31.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,158  
   
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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$20,567 - $45,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,130
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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 who transition into a Building & Facility Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $54K per year. 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


Building Maintenance Workers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with HVAC, Carpentry, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 18 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Painting, Household Electronic Repair, and ELECTRICAL. Those proficient in Plumbing are, more often than not, also skilled in Electronic Troubleshooting and Facility Maintenance & Coordination. Most people experienced in 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.


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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $27K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. For Building Maintenance Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Building Maintenance Workers, Milwaukee provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Columbus (+22 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (18 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

HVAC
up arrow 23%

Carpentry
up arrow 18%


Plumbing
up arrow 3%

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 3%

National Average
$31,000

Maintenance
up arrow 1%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 3%

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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