Men account for the majority of Maintenance Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.98 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Maintenance Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half.

$22,350 - $56,930
(Median)
$22K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $34,903
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50%
90%

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$9.58 - $21.82
(Median)
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$22,350 - $56,930  
   
Bonus
$1,150  
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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$20,487 - $51,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.58 - $21.82  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $36.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,150  
   
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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$20,487 - $51,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 333
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Job Description for Maintenance Worker

"Maintenance worker" is a general, broad title that encompasses many types of semi-skilled and skilled labor. Generally, “maintenance worker” is used to describe a repair specialist, whether they work for a municipality, factory, building, or other employer. Depending on the type of maintenance work done, this employee's day-to-day tasks may vary. However, a common element shared by maintenance jobs is the physical activity required to complete duties such as operating heavy equipment, maintaining equipment and tools, and fixing broken pipes, walls, and electrical outlets.

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Maintenance Worker 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.

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Maintenance Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Maintenance Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $50K annually.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Worker


Maintenance Workers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Carpentry, HVAC, and ELECTRICAL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 22 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning, Facility Maintenance & Coordination, and Painting. Employees educated in Maintenance are typically practiced in Plumbing, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Maintenance Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $28K. Maintenance Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $37K.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Maintenance Worker Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 23%

HVAC
up arrow 22%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 17%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 11%

Household Electronic Repair
up arrow 3%

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$30,000

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Painting
up arrow 3%

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 4%

Cleaning
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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