Maintenance Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Maintenance Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.90 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Maintenance Technicians can bottom out near $25K or peak near $58K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by career duration and location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — approximately one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,328 - $61,455
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$26K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,485
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$11.49 - $24.78
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,328 - $61,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,562  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,397  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
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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$24,702 - $58,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,253
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $24.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.86  
Overtime
$16.49 - $37.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,562  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,397  
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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$24,702 - $58,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8,385
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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

  • 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Plant Maintenance Manager. The average Plant Maintenance Manager brings home $67K per year. A Maintenance Supervisor role is the most common promotion for Maintenance Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $50K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Maintenance Technicians is an Apartment Maintenance Technician position, where earnings are usually $31K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Maintenance Technicians, CBRE Group, Tyson Foods, Inc., Time Warner Cable Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and FedEx Ground are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Comcast Cable, Inc. — the median salary there is $54K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $40K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $70K. Time Warner Cable Company, Advanced Technology Services, Inc., and FedEx Ground are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Maintenance Technicians earning around $52K, $48K, or $44K at each firm, respectively.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($24K). Workers at Hilton Garden Inn, American Campus Communities, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $24K, $28K, and $31K respectively.

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 30 percent, 22 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. Those familiar with Maintenance also tend to 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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

National Average: $37,593

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Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Maintenance Technicians in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+11 percent), Austin (+9 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Antonio and Cleveland (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Experience Affects Maintenance Technician Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Maintenance Technician Salaries





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$38,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1468 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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