Building Maintenance Worker Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $14.07 per hour nationwide. Compensation starts at $9.76 per hour and can reach $20.22. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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MEDIAN: $14.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Building Maintenance Workers transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Building & Facility Manager may earn an extra $23K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors are common next-step roles for Building Maintenance Workers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $14,062 or $17,152, respectively.

Building Maintenance Worker Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker

Survey results suggest that Building Maintenance Workers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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. The majority of those who know Maintenance also know 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.
For Building Maintenance Workers, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $27K, which grow to $30K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $33K after 10 to 20 years. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Building Maintenance Workers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $37K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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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Cleveland
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For Building Maintenance Workers, busy Milwaukee offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Chicago, New York, Nashville, and Pittsburgh, where Building Maintenance Workers annually earn 11 percent, 9 percent, 4 percent, and 2 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 9 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -4 percent, 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 26%
Plumbing
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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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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%
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