Maintenance Worker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Workers earn an average of $13.66 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.03 per hour and $20.85. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half have dental, too. Most Maintenance Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$22,430 - $50,457
(Median)
$22K
$31K
$50K
MEDIAN: $31,087
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50%
90%

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$9.03 - $20.85
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,430 - $50,457  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$19,494 - $46,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$13.81 - $33.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$19,494 - $46,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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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Popular Skills for Maintenance Worker


Maintenance Workers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Facility Maintenance & Coordination, Equipment Maintenance, and HVAC are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 58 percent, 37 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Maintenance and Plumbing are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Worker

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


Maintenance Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $27K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $29K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Maintenance Worker Salaries

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 58%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 37%

HVAC
up arrow 25%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 22%

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$30,000

Plumbing
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 33%
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