Maintenance Worker Salary
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. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Maintenance worker positions require the ability to perform all tasks specified by the employer. A high school diploma or equivalent and previous maintenance experience may be needed as well. Many maintenance workers start in apprenticeship programs to gain on-the-job skills. Additionally, maintenance workers must have an advanced understanding of basic tools (and power tools for some specialties). Good interpersonal skills are also needed, as most maintenance workers work in teams.
Depending on the type of work performed, specialized training may be needed. For example, a maintenance worker focused on factory machinery may become certified in fixing automated robots through an apprenticeship. Bus, train, and airplane maintenance workers need specialized training (and for airplanes, licenses) to maintain and upgrade this machinery, and workers who maintains an apartment building must understand basic plumbing, drywall, and electrical work.
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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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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