Men represent the vast majority of Elevator Mechanics in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $32.10 per hour nationwide. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Elevator Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,739 - $115,171
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$41K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,580
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$18.32 - $50.22
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$18
$32
$50
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,739 - $115,171  
   
Bonus
$679 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$4,991  
Commission
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,292 - $110,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$18.32 - $50.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$25.11 - $93.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$679 - $12,365  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$4,991  
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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$40,292 - $110,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 320
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Job Description for Elevator Mechanic

Elevator mechanics are responsible for repairing elevators when they are out of service and carrying out routine maintenance in order to prevent breakdowns from occurring, as well as replacing parts of elevators when necessary. The ability to use hand and power tools is important, and the job may occasionally involve high pressure in emergency situations. Strong problem-solving skills are also important in order to identify and troubleshoot problems, such as in brakes, switches, motors, or electronic control systems. Adjustments should be made so that the elevator runs smoothly, and once repaired, the mechanic must test it to ensure it is fully repaired.

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Elevator Mechanic Tasks

  • Respond to call-back/trouble calls in a timely manner, and restore equipment to a safe operating condition.
  • Inspect and perform scheduled preventative maintenance in elevators, escalators, lifts, and related components.
  • Operate tools and equipment common to the elevator trade, such as voltammeter, amp probe, meggars, tachometer, and more.
  • Perform repairs and maintenance on elevators, escalators, dumb waiters and lifts.
  • Provide supervisor with repair, inspection test and preventative maintenance reports.

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Popular Skills for Elevator Mechanic


Professional skills reported by Elevator Mechanics are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Systems Troubleshooting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance and Mechanical Tool Repair. Those proficient in Electronic Troubleshooting are, more often than not, also skilled in Equipment Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Elevator Mechanic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Elevator Mechanics with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. Elevator Mechanics see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,467

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Elevator Mechanics, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Elevator Mechanics can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+18 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Elevator Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Elevator Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 21%

Electronic Troubleshooting
0%

National Average
$73,000

Mechanical Tool Repair
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Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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