Building Maintenance Worker Salary

Male Building Maintenance Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $14.76 per hour in the United States. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Close to a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and half claim dental coverage as well. Work is enjoyable for Building Maintenance Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,972 - $57,709
$24K
$37K
$58K
MEDIAN: $36,966
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90%

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$9.93 - $21.59
$9
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,972 - $57,709  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $6,973  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Commission
$3,734  
Total Pay (?
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$21,044 - $49,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $21.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$15.43 - $33.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$195.74 - $6,973  
   
Commission
$3,734  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$21,044 - $49,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,221

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Building Maintenance Worker


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It's not very common for Building Maintenance Workers to move on to become Building & Facility Managers. Average pay for a Building & Facility Manager is $54K annually. 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 $16K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Building Maintenance Worker


Survey takers working as Building Maintenance Workers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, Systems Troubleshooting, and HVAC are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 23 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Painting, Household Electronic Repair, and Cleaning. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled in Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Electronic Troubleshooting. Most people who know Plumbing 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $33K. Building Maintenance Workers see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $37K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,798

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For Building Maintenance Workers, working in the bustling city of Akron has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Columbus (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Building Maintenance Workers in Knoxville make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Cleveland and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Building Maintenance Worker

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 227 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

▲16%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$32,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

Carpenter
▲30%

Systems Troubleshooting
▲23%

▲18%



▲3%

Carpentry
▲3%



National Average
$32,000

▼1%

ELECTRICAL
▼1%

Drywall
▼2%

▼6%

Household Electronic Repair
▼7%

Painting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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