Maintenance Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Technicians earn an average of $17.20 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Maintenance Technicians can bottom out near $25K or peak near $60K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though experience level and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,176 - $65,953
$27K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,200
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$11.83 - $25.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,176 - $65,953  
   
Bonus
$254.06 - $4,802  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,896  
Commission
$96.96 - $10,304  
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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$25,227 - $59,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $25.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.22  
Overtime
$18.07 - $38.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$254.06 - $4,802  
   
Commission
$96.96 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,896  
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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$25,227 - $59,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8,565

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Job Description for Maintenance Technician

Maintenance technicians are generally in charge of the upkeep of a facility, such as an apartment complex or business office, and often have a variety of skills, such as plumbing, groundskeeping, carpentry, painting, and janitorial and electrical skills. Some may also have HVAC technician certification in order to repair heating and cooling systems.

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Maintenance Technician Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Maintenance Technician


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Maintenance Technicians may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Plant Maintenance Manager. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually. The most common promotion for Maintenance Technicians is Maintenance Supervisor, a position that typically pays $50K annually. Another standard transition for Maintenance Technicians seeking advancement is to assume an Apartment Maintenance Technician role, where pay is often $31K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


CBRE Group, Tyson Foods, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Comcast Cable, Inc., and Property Management Company are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Maintenance Technicians. Although Comcast Cable, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $57K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $37K to $76K. Advanced Technology Services, Inc., Cargill, and Amazon.com Inc also offer top salaries for Maintenance Technicians. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $54K, $51K, and $47K, respectively.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — the median salary comes to just $22K, 158 percent lower than the top payer. Other low-paying employers include Hilton Garden Inn at $24K and Hampton Inn at $27K, though some Maintenance Technicians there earn up to $40K.

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Programmable Logic Controllers / Automation, Industrial Hydraulics, and Welding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 26 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Plumbing, HVAC System Design, and Maintenance. People who know Maintenance usually also know Troubleshooting. Those educated in Equipment Maintenance tend to be well versed in Electronic Troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, and Facility Maintenance & Coordination.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Technician

Pay by Experience for a Maintenance Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Maintenance Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 4,761 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Maintenance Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 2,990 salaries. An experienced Maintenance Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 2,846 salaries. A Maintenance Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 1,557 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,252

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For Maintenance Technicians, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Grand Rapids (+11 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and St. Louis (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Cleveland (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Maintenance Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

Maintenance Technician in Arab:
"It is challenging and educational work."
Pros: I like the most in my job is were we trouble shoot any problem in our unit and fixing the problem of that unit.
Cons: The luck of coordination from our company especially in our office and the corruption that happening in our department.

Maintenance Technician in Macon:
"I love what I do."
Pros: You can switch from electrical work to mechanical very fast. I have skills I didn't know I had.
Cons: Comunicating with various type of people make My job hard sometimes.

Maintenance Technician in Manchester:
Pros: Co workers are a great help if an instance arises that is beyond your current understanding. I work by myself and can control the amount of hours I work (flexibility), Christmas Bonuses are awarded based on the amount of time with company (Extremely Generous gesture). Company van that is driven home nightly and directly to job sites... Company vehicle be used out outside of work but very modestly. Company uses tablets to input and get data to make jobs faster. Company Cellphone (must return if you leave company). Stress level is relatively low mostly but depending on the job importance can get extremely stressful at times. I work without supervision and see my bosses every 4 months or so (low stress and micro managing is virtually nonexistent). Training from other coworkers is a blessing and the educational factor is really high.
Cons: Some ideas (excellent and realistic ideas) that are brought up to management for bettering the company are usually shot down immediately or given a pathetic excuse why it wouldn't work, yet the company is looking for ways to fix problems (good ideas are usually wasted). Company doesn't pay coworkers what they are worth. Quality/Good/acceptable pay raises are hard to get if you are a good worker. Communication on what jobs are REALLY like is not properly understood by Admin personnel and they tend to be a little unrealistic with expectations.

Maintenance Technician in Franklin:
"Not enough money starting out at 15$"
Pros: I got a lot of over time bosses are cool but the guys u work with suck.
Cons: The money isn't there it needs to start out at 18 ph or more do to hot work and high risk of death.

Maintenance Technician in St. Louis:
"Worst of the best."
Pros: Pretty flexible schedule. If I need to change my schedule or hours for a day or week they are pretty flexible about that.
Cons: Factory is always hot. I can never do a good enough job. There is no positive reinforcement. If you work hard and beat the original goal the only response given by management is why didn't you get more done?

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.

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Key Stats for Maintenance Technician

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1438 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Maintenance Technician Salaries

▲24%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$38,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1438 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 22%
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