Men account for the majority of Building Maintenance Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.69 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$23,669 - $57,208
$24K
$36K
$57K
MEDIAN: $36,433
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$9.87 - $21.40
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MEDIAN: $14.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,669 - $57,208  
   
Bonus
$175.00 - $7,011  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$20,925 - $48,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $21.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89  
Overtime
$15.42 - $33.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$175.00 - $7,011  
   
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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$20,925 - $48,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,267

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Building Maintenance Workers sometimes become Building & Facility Managers, where the average income is $54K per year. Building Maintenance Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Building Maintenance Engineers or Maintenance Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $16K higher, 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, HVAC, and Electrician are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Painting, Household Electronic Repair, and Cleaning. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Electronic Troubleshooting. A tool kit that includes Plumbing also typically contains 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 does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Building Maintenance Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,643

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Home to some of the best pay for Building Maintenance Workers, Akron offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Building Maintenance Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Buffalo (+17 percent), Milwaukee (+16 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Building Maintenance Workers is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (10 percent lower) and Portland (8 percent lower).

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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 228 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Building Maintenance Worker Salaries




National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Building Maintenance Worker Salaries

Carpenter
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Electrician
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Carpentry
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Maintenance
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National Average
$32,000

Drywall
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Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 6%

Painting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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