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Maintenance Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of Maintenance Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.76 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $2K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Maintenance Technicians spread between $24K and $58K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Maintenance Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,712 - $62,327
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,712 - $62,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,176  
Profit Sharing
$300.67 - $9,645  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$24,497 - $58,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 938
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Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $24.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.86  
Overtime
$15.90 - $37.17  
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,176  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$300.67 - $9,645  
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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$24,497 - $58,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 5,665
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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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There are some Maintenance Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Plant Maintenance Managers, where earnings are an average $66K annually. Going from Maintenance Technician to Apartment Maintenance Technician is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Apartment Maintenance Technicians is $30K. Many others choose to work as Maintenance Supervisors, where pay is typically $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Maintenance Technicians flock to Time Warner Cable Company, Property Management Company, FedEx Ground, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Comcast Cable, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $61K on average. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Georgia-Pacific Corporation (+$61K), Time Warner Cable Company (+$47K), and CBRE Group (+$46K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $26K, and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. where $31K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Maintenance Technicians there earn up to $36K.

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Survey takers working as Maintenance Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. 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 30 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. For most people, competency in Maintenance indicates knowledge of 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. Maintenance Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Maintenance Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


Maintenance Technicians will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+15 percent), Louisville (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Las Vegas and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 4 percent less than the median.

Maintenance Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

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
$37,000



Skills That Affect Maintenance Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1132 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 20%