Handymans in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.42 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Close to one-sixth enjoy medical while less than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,798 - $63,305
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,682
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$12.07 - $43.80
(Median)
$12
$20
$44
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$23,798 - $63,305  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $8,681  
Profit Sharing
$4,700  
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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$25,115 - $88,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $43.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.14 - $5.15  
Overtime
$14.82 - $46.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$198.66 - $8,681  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,700  
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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$25,115 - $88,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,199
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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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As Handymans transition into upper-level roles like Building Superintendents, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Building Superintendents earn the same amount as Handymans on average. Handymans most frequently advance into Maintenance Technician and Apartment Maintenance Technician roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Handyman


Handymans report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Energy Supply, Window or Door Installation, and Handyman are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Electronic Troubleshooting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Add New: Electrical and ELECTRICAL also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Plumbing also know ELECTRICAL and Carpentry. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in Carpentry and ELECTRICAL.

Pay by Experience Level for Handyman

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


Handymans do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $37K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. Handymans claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Handyman generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,699

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For Handymans, busy Orlando offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Handymans will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+46 percent), Chicago (+39 percent), Boston (+27 percent), and Seattle (+27 percent). Compared to the national average, Miami Handymans have considerably lower salaries, 39 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Las Vegas (6 percent lower) and New York (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Handyman Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Handyman Salaries

Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity)
up arrow 22%


Handyman
up arrow 16%

Drywall
up arrow 14%


Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 10%

Carpenter
up arrow 3%

Flooring Installation
0%

Painting
0%

National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Carpentry
up arrow 2%


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up arrow 17%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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