Maintenance Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Technicians earn an average of $16.90 per hour. Total incomes of Maintenance Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $58K. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geography are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. For the most part, Maintenance Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Plant Maintenance Manager, where median compensation is $67K annually. Becoming a Maintenance Supervisor is, more often than not, the most common role that Maintenance Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $50K. Another frequent advance is for Maintenance Technicians to assume an Apartment Maintenance Technician role; in this role, workers often earn $31K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Maintenance Technician


CBRE Group, Tyson Foods, Inc., Time Warner Cable Company, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and FedEx Ground are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Maintenance Technicians. Although Comcast Cable, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $54K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $40K on the low end all the way up to $70K at the top. Other big spenders include Time Warner Cable Company, Advanced Technology Services, Inc., and FedEx Ground, top-paying firms where Maintenance Technicians see paychecks nearing $52K, $48K, or $44K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $24K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. 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


Survey results imply that Maintenance Technicians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HVAC System Design, Plumbing, and Maintenance. The majority of those 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. 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 $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,593

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Home to some of the best pay for Maintenance Technicians, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 11 percent above the national average. Maintenance Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent), Austin (+9 percent), Cincinnati (+8 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Workers in San Antonio and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Maintenance Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Maintenance Technician?

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.

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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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