Maintenance Technician Salary

Male Maintenance Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.83 per hour in the United States. Total cash incomes of Maintenance Technicians run from $25K to $57K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K, profit sharing that reaches $10K, and some commissions of nearly $7K. While career length and location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. While nearly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,574 - $60,216

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$11.46 - $24.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$25,574 - $60,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,337  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $9,775  
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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$24,595 - $57,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,038
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.46 - $24.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.02  
Overtime
$16.23 - $37.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,337  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,904  
Profit Sharing
$294.41 - $9,775  
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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$24,595 - $57,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 6,800
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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 some Maintenance Technicians move into positions like Plant Maintenance Manager (where the average salary is $66K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $31K. Many others choose to work as Maintenance Supervisors, where pay is typically $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Maintenance Technicians include Time Warner Cable Company, Property Management Company, FedEx Ground, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Tyson Foods, Inc. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Comcast Cable, Inc. offers the most; Maintenance Technicians earn $61K on average there. 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 $51K, $48K, or $47K at each firm, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is a shallow $22K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 185 percent less than the top paying company. Hilton Garden Inn, American Campus Communities, Inc., and Brookdale Senior Living Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $24K, $28K, and $31K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Maintenance Technician


Maintenance Technicians report using a large range of 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 30 percent, 20 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled 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.


For Maintenance Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. For Maintenance Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Maintenance Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Maintenance Technicians that is 14 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Maintenance Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+12 percent), Cincinnati (+11 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

Maintenance Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

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.

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 1249 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
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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