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Building Maintenance Worker Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.07 per hour. In the world of Building Maintenance Workers, total cash compensation can vary between $20K and $46K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $10K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and about one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Building Maintenance Workers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Building Maintenance Worker Salary (?
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$21,960 - $49,754
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MEDIAN: $33,900
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Building Maintenance Worker Salary (?
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$9.76 - $20.22
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$21,960 - $49,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
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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$20,479 - $45,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $20.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.01 - $2.25  
Overtime
$12.16 - $32.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $9,863  
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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$20,479 - $45,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 990
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Building Maintenance Workers who advance to upper-end positions like Building & Facility Manager. Median pay for Building & Facility Managers is $54K per year. When Building Maintenance Workers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $17K, respectively.

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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, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Painting. Most people skilled in Maintenance 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.
Building Maintenance Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $27K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. 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 of $37K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

Milwaukee
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Chicago
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New York
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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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Austin
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National Average
$31,000
Detroit
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Philadelphia
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St. Louis
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Home to some of the best pay for Building Maintenance Workers, Milwaukee offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Pittsburgh, where Building Maintenance Workers typically earn around 11 percent, 9 percent, 4 percent, and 2 percent more than usual. Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (7 percent lower) and Philadelphia (4 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 26%
Plumbing
up arrow 4%
Electronic Troubleshooting
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Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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National Average
$31,000
Maintenance
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ELECTRICAL
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Painting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 29%