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Maintenance Technician Salary

Maintenance Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.83 per hour. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $2K, $10K, and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Maintenance Technicians can bottom out near $25K or top out at around $58K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though tenure and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,531 - $62,543
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,551
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$11.47 - $24.58
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,531 - $62,543  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,437  
Profit Sharing
$292.77 - $9,663  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,953  
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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$24,604 - $58,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.47 - $24.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.03  
Overtime
$16.07 - $37.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,437  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,953  
Profit Sharing
$292.77 - $9,663  
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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$24,604 - $58,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,302

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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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Maintenance Technicians who advance into the role of a Plant Maintenance Manager are fairly uncommon. Plant Maintenance Managers on average earn $67K per year. The most common career progression for Maintenance Technicians leads to becoming an Apartment Maintenance Technician, where pay is typically $31K. However, many Maintenance Technicians also opt to become Maintenance Supervisors, a position that pays $50K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Time Warner Cable Company, FedEx Ground, Property Management Company, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc are leaders in the field that employ a large 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 leaders in compensation levels are Advanced Technology Services, Inc. at $50K, Time Warner Cable Company at $50K, and FedEx Ground, where Maintenance Technicians annually earn $46K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where the median salary is a mere $24K, 158 percent less than the top paying company. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Hilton Garden Inn ($24K), American Campus Communities, Inc. ($29K), and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. ($32K).

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Maintenance Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Industrial Hydraulics, and Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 19 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed 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 Maintenance Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Maintenance Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Maintenance Technicians, working in the bustling city of Austin has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+14 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Columbus (+6 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Las Vegas and 3 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Maintenance Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

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 1243 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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