Maintenance Technician Salary

Maintenance Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.83 per hour. Total cash earnings of Maintenance Technicians range from $25K on the low end to $58K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but tenure and geography are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The majority of Maintenance Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,405 - $62,935
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$25K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,684
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$11.45 - $24.56
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$11
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$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
$25,405 - $62,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,437  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $9,625  
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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$24,584 - $58,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 991
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $24.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.03  
Overtime
$15.99 - $37.26  
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
$294.41 - $9,625  
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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$24,584 - $58,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,148

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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 do not often transition into Plant Maintenance Manager roles. The role averages $66K per year. Maintenance Technicians go on to become Apartment Maintenance Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $31K. Maintenance Technicians who move into a Maintenance Supervisor role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Maintenance Technicians flock to Time Warner Cable Company, FedEx Ground, Property Management Company, Advanced Technology Services, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Georgia-Pacific Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $62K. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries at Comcast Cable, Inc. (+$61K), Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (+$50K), and Time Warner Cable Company (+$49K).

Other low-paying employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $26K and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. at $32K, though some Maintenance Technicians there earn up to $36K.

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 Plant Maintenance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Maintenance Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $37K. Maintenance Technicians bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Maintenance Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Maintenance Technicians, Austin provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+14 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Columbus (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Las Vegas (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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
$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
28%
5-9 years
25%
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%