Maintenance Worker Salary
Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Workers earn an average of $13.98 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Maintenance Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$22,931 - $58,629|
|Total Pay (||$21,104 - $52,120|
|Hourly Rate||$9.95 - $21.88|
|Overtime||$14.98 - $34.25|
|Total Pay (||$21,104 - $52,120|
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
- 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.
- 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.
Popular Skills for Maintenance Worker
Survey results suggest that Maintenance Workers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Equipment Maintenance, Carpentry, and HVAC are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 26 percent, and 21 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
Pay by Experience for a Maintenance Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Maintenance Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 217 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Maintenance Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 137 salaries. An experienced Maintenance Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 94 salaries. A Maintenance Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 48 salaries.
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