Maintenance Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Technicians earn an average of $16.86 per hour. Cash earnings of Maintenance Technicians — including $2K in bonuses, $10K in profit sharing proceeds, and $7K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $25K to approximately $58K depending on individual performance. While tenure and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most Maintenance Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,648 - $61,928
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$26K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,489
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$11.49 - $24.65
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,648 - $61,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,419  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $9,645  
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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$24,648 - $58,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,044
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $24.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.02  
Overtime
$16.14 - $37.27  
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 - $2,419  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,904  
Profit Sharing
$251.68 - $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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$24,648 - $58,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,648
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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 it's uncommon, some Maintenance Technicians move into roles as Plant Maintenance Managers, where pay is an average $67K 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


Maintenance Technicians fill the offices of leading firms Time Warner Cable Company, Property Management Company, FedEx Ground, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Tyson Foods, Inc. Comcast Cable, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $61K. Also paying near the top of the field are Advanced Technology Services, Inc. at $51K, Time Warner Cable Company at $50K, and FedEx Ground, where Maintenance Technicians annually earn $47K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — the median salary comes to just $22K, 181 percent lower than the top payer. Hilton Garden Inn, American Campus Communities, Inc. and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $24K, $28K, and $32K.

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Maintenance Technicians seem to wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. Most people who know Maintenance also know 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.


Maintenance Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. 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


For Maintenance Technicians, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 12 percent greater than the national average. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Columbus (+3 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in San Antonio and Las Vegas earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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 1247 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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