Handyman Salary

Men account for the majority of Handymans in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.26 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Around a seventh report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in ten collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,130 - $70,689
(Median)
$20K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $39,694
10%
50%
90%

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$11.72 - $40.97
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$20,130 - $70,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$2,550  
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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$24,407 - $85,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $40.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.80  
Overtime
$14.71 - $52.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,550  
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).
)
$24,407 - $85,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,296
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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 Employer Salaries for Handyman


Offering a median salary of only $42K, Mr Handyman Inc pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $21K to $166K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Handyman


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Electrician can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Carpenter and Cabinetry Installation are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 26 percent and 30 percent. Those listing Electronic Troubleshooting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Add New: Electrical and Drywall also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Maintenance also know Carpentry and ELECTRICAL. Most people who know Plumbing also know ELECTRICAL and Carpentry.

Pay by Experience Level for Handyman

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $35K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Handymans make a median salary of $44K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,284

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

For those looking to make money, Handymans in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 75 percent above the national average. Handymans will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+33 percent), Minneapolis (+23 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Phoenix (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. San Antonio and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 21 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Handyman Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Handyman Salaries

Carpenter
up arrow 30%

Electrician
up arrow 30%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 26%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 25%

Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity)
up arrow 23%

Handyman
up arrow 7%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 2%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 1%

Plumbing
0%

Carpentry
0%

Painting
0%

National Average
$42,000

Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Drywall
up arrow 4%

Add New: Electrical
up arrow 16%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 14%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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