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Building Maintenance Worker Salary

Male Building Maintenance Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.28 per hour in the United States. Earnings generally vary between $9.80 per hour and $20.28. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$22,171 - $51,143
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $33,733
10%
50%
90%

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$9.80 - $20.28
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$22,171 - $51,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,040  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,450  
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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$20,590 - $45,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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
$13.10 - $31.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,450  
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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$20,590 - $45,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,094

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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' 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. Typical career progression for a Building Maintenance Worker involves becoming a Building Maintenance Engineer or a Maintenance Supervisor, roles that pay $14K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker


Survey results imply that Building Maintenance Workers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with HVAC, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Plumbing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Painting, Household Electronic Repair, and ELECTRICAL. The majority of those who know Plumbing also know Electronic Troubleshooting and Facility Maintenance & Coordination. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in 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 many Building Maintenance Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $27K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $31K. Building Maintenance Workers bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $37K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Building Maintenance Workers that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Milwaukee offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Columbus (+22 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Pittsburgh and Cleveland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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 23%


Plumbing
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Facility Maintenance & Coordination
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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
26%
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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