Maintenance Worker Salary
A sizeable majority of Maintenance Workers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $13.91 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Maintenance Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$22,865 - $57,767|
|Total Pay (||$20,778 - $51,723|
|Hourly Rate||$9.73 - $21.81|
|Overtime||$14.94 - $36.14|
|Total Pay (||$20,778 - $51,723|
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 show that Maintenance Workers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Equipment Maintenance, Carpentry, and HVAC are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 27 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cleaning and Facility Maintenance & Coordination. 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Maintenance Workers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $28K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $30K. For Maintenance Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Maintenance Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $41K on average.
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