Maintenance Worker Salary

Men account for the majority of Maintenance Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.65 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.09 per hour and $20.81. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Maintenance Workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,373 - $53,993
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,058
10%
50%
90%

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$9.09 - $20.81
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,373 - $53,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$19,431 - $47,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $20.81  
   
Overtime
$14.66 - $35.58  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$19,431 - $47,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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.

Common Career Paths for Maintenance Worker


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Many Maintenance Workers move into a Building Maintenance Worker role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Building Maintenance Workers on average bring in a similar salary to Maintenance Workers.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Worker


Survey results show that Maintenance Workers use a fair number of 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 45 percent, 36 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Plumbing. Maintenance and Plumbing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Worker

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


For Maintenance Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $28K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. Maintenance Workers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Maintenance Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $36K.

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Experience Affects Maintenance Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 7%


National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Maintenance Worker Salaries

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 45%

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 36%

HVAC
up arrow 24%

ELECTRICAL
up arrow 21%

Carpentry
0%

National Average
$30,000

Maintenance
up arrow 1%

Plumbing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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