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Handyman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Handymans earn an average of $20.07 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Handymans is high. One in seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,956 - $72,495
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MEDIAN: $36,927
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$10.98 - $43.42
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$19,956 - $72,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,181  
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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$23,180 - $90,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.98 - $43.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $2.00  
Overtime
$7.30 - $53.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,181  
   
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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$23,180 - $90,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 902
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Job Description for Handyman

There are perhaps few other jobs as varied and demanding as that of a handyman. This line of work requires not only a vast scope of building skills, such as carpentry, wood repair and general remodeling; it also entails a variety of other specialty knowledge, including basic plumbing, appliance repair and even electrical maintenance. In fact, when a handyman is hired, he or she is expected to be able to come to a job ready to tackle a plethora of fix-it projects.

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Handyman Tasks

  • Perform ongoing maintenance, including painting, power washing, and cosmetic upgrades.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical and plumbing problems.
  • Clean up after work to ensure a tidy and safe environment.
  • Inspect and plan upgrades and minor building projects, including drywall, roofs, and woodwork.
  • Respond to emergencies quickly.

Common Career Paths for Handyman


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Handymans who transition into an upper level Maintenance Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Maintenance Technician makes $38K a year. A lot of Handymans advance their careers by becoming Apartment Maintenance Technicians and Building Maintenance Workers. However, those positions offer $11K less and $11K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Handyman


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Mr Handyman Inc offers the lowest median salary at $42K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $21K and $166K.

Popular Skills for Handyman


Handymans seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity), and Painting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 23 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Electronic Troubleshooting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Add New: Electrical and Handyman also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Maintenance also know ELECTRICAL and Carpentry. People who know Plumbing usually also know Carpentry and ELECTRICAL.

Pay by Experience Level for Handyman

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Handymans see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Handymans who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Handymans, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Handymans will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+24 percent), San Diego (+22 percent), St. Louis (+20 percent), and New York (+9 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Las Vegas and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Handyman Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Handyman in Ojai:
"Customer Is Always Right (Even When You Know Otherwise)."
I would say to anyone starting out in the home repair field, when you are meeting and dealing with customers, is to listen. When a client is talking to you about what type of work and how they expect it look, listen to them. Make mental notes to get detailed information later and don't interrupt their monologue. When you see they have expressed their thoughts then begin with any concerns or ideas that you have.

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Experience Affects Handyman Salaries



National Average
$42,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Handyman Salaries

Carpenter
up arrow 27%

Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity)
up arrow 23%

Painting
up arrow 12%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 8%


Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Carpentry
up arrow 1%

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$42,000

Drywall
up arrow 5%

Handyman
up arrow 9%

Add New: Electrical
up arrow 15%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 15% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 84%