Men account for the majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.63 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession — around one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Building Maintenance Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,418 - $58,059
(Median)
$23K
$36K
$58K
MEDIAN: $35,760
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$9.82 - $21.49
(Median)
$9
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,418 - $58,059  
   
Bonus
$152.05 - $5,770  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
Commission
$3,734  
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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$20,763 - $48,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $21.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$15.25 - $33.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$152.05 - $5,770  
   
Commission
$3,734  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$20,763 - $48,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,214
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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 advance into the role of a Building & Facility Manager are fairly uncommon. Building & Facility Managers on average earn $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 $16K higher for Maintenance Supervisors.

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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 Carpenter, HVAC, and Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 21 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Flooring Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Painting and Household Electronic Repair also typically command lower compensation. People who know Plumbing usually also know 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.


Building Maintenance Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Building Maintenance Workers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,486

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Building Maintenance Workers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Building Maintenance Workers will also find cushy salaries in Columbus (+14 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Building Maintenance Workers in smaller cities are met with below-average pay: In particular, Cleveland, Portland, and Denver (each fewer than a million residents) are the lowest-paid American cities for Building Maintenance Workers, who face pay rates below the national average. Portland and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries




National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

Carpenter
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Carpentry
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Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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Plumbing
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Equipment Maintenance
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ELECTRICAL
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National Average
$31,000

Maintenance
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Troubleshooting
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Drywall
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Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 6%

Painting
up arrow 14%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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