Maintenance Technician Salary

Male Maintenance Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.84 per hour in the United States. In the world of Maintenance Technicians, total cash compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $58K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $2K and profit sharing that approaches $10K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $7K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and location are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, approximately one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,620 - $60,330
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$26K
$40K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,305
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$11.50 - $24.61
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,620 - $60,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $9,738  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,904  
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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$24,644 - $57,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,030
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.02  
Overtime
$16.16 - $37.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,083  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,904  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $9,738  
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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$24,644 - $57,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,689
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Job Description for Maintenance Technician

A maintenance technician is responsible for cleaning, maintaining, and repairing building fixtures including lights, locks, windows, doors, window and door screens, flooring material, gutters, and drains. The maintenance technician will take care of maintenance duties involving carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical repairs to guarantee that the building is properly and safely maintained. Other responsibilities include routine preventive maintenance to ensure efficient operation of building systems and to prevent deterioration of the physical condition of the buildings on the property. The maintenance technician will operate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and related systems as well as perform routine maintenance and repairs. A maintenance technician should be proficient with the tools of the job, own a set of maintenance tools, and be knowledgeable of how to safely handle tools and equipment when working with dangerous electrical systems and plumbing. The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Experience working with HVAC, plumbing, and other building systems or features is required, and certification (which can be earned at most technical or trade schools after completing a program of study) is typically necessary, as well, to obtain a job as a maintenance technician. The person holding the job will report to the property manager or superintendent. Most maintenance technicians have normal working hours and a set schedule, but may be called outside of that schedule to make emergency repairs, so a good candidate for the job will be able to respond to requests for service at any given moment.


Maintenance Technician Tasks

  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that building systems operate efficiently and that the physical condition of buildings do not deteriorate.
  • Perform maintenance tasks such as carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical repairs to ensure that the building is properly maintained.
  • Clean and repair building fixtures including lights, locks, windows, doors, screens, walls, floors, gutters and drains.
  • Operate and perform routine maintenance and repairs on HVAC equipment and related systems.

Common Career Paths for Maintenance Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Maintenance Technicians sometimes become Plant Maintenance Managers, where the average income is $66K per year. More often than not, an Apartment Maintenance Technician role is the next step for Maintenance Technicians moving up in the field. Pay for Apartment Maintenance Technicians is usually $31K. Many Maintenance Technicians choose to take on a Maintenance Supervisor role instead, where salaries are typically $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Dominating the field, Time Warner Cable Company, Property Management Company, FedEx Ground, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Maintenance Technicians. Comcast Cable, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $61K. Other big spenders include Time Warner Cable Company, Advanced Technology Services, Inc., and FedEx Ground, top-paying firms where Maintenance Technicians see paychecks nearing $51K, $51K, or $47K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is a mere $22K, 181 percent less than the top paying company. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Hilton Garden Inn ($24K), American Campus Communities, Inc. ($28K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($32K).

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Survey results imply that Maintenance Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Industrial Hydraulics, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 19 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. Most people skilled in Maintenance are similarly competent in Equipment Maintenance and Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Technician

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


For many Maintenance Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Maintenance Technicians make a median salary of $42K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Maintenance Technicians, Austin provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+10 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Las Vegas and San Antonio (3 percent lower).

Maintenance Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

Maintenance Technician in Greenville:
"Like my job.."
Pros: I like that every day brings something new. One day I am working on refrigerators and the next I may be getting an apartment ready for a new move in.
Cons: Being on call a couple times a month, limits the activities you can do outside of work.

Maintenance Technician in Evansville:
"Being a maintenance mechanic."
Pros: I like working with machines, figuring out why they don't work, and then making it so they do work. I like the challenge of problem solving. I like the idea of working with robots, programming, and getting them to do what they are supposed to do.
Cons: Working night shift, not having the tools and support of the company. Long hours.

Maintenance Technician in Burlington:
"Love My Work, Not The Rewards."
Pros: Trouble shooting electronic, mechanical and computer systems. I have always loved tinkering, and inventing/adapting electronic solutions to problems. A nice self paced environment, where I have time to do my own projects. And good pay.
Cons: The big company politics. There are so many levels of management that any change, issue, new hire, etc... Takes an act of congress and a long time to complete. Also being expected to do the work of 2 techs with no incentive pay or otherwise due to a dwindling business. The resistance to change has to be the biggest drawback. It's important to note my review is company specific not maintenance in general!

Maintenance Technician in Window Rock:
"It's A Good Learning Experience."
Pros: Travel to the other branches to do repairs.
Cons: Doing renovation projects and doing cost estimate and material cost.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Maintenance Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1245 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 20%
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