Handyman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Handymans earn an average of $20.18 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to one-seventh, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,131 - $80,959
(Median)
$20K
$38K
$81K
MEDIAN: $38,037
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90%

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$11.20 - $41.51
(Median)
$11
$20
$42
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$20,131 - $80,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
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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$23,632 - $90,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $41.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.55  
Overtime
$7.14 - $61.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,935  
   
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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$23,632 - $90,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,030
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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 go on to become Maintenance Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Maintenance Technician, an upper-level role, pays $38K. Handymans most frequently become Apartment Maintenance Technicians and Building Maintenance Workers even though median compensation is $11K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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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


Survey takers working as Handymans report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity), and ELECTRICAL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 23 percent, and 10 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. 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Handymans who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 73 percent, Handymans in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Handymans can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+36 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Handymans earning much less — 30 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Handyman Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Handyman Salaries

Carpenter
up arrow 27%

Energy Supply (Gas and Electricity)
up arrow 23%


Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 1%

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$42,000

Carpentry
up arrow 1%

Drywall
up arrow 3%

Painting
up arrow 9%

Handyman
up arrow 9%

Add New: Electrical
up arrow 16%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 85%
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