Maintenance Worker Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Maintenance Workers earn an average of $13.65 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.09 per hour on the lower end to $20.81 on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Maintenance Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,373 - $53,993
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$54K
MEDIAN: $33,058
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$9.09 - $20.81
(Median)
$9
$14
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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Maintenance Workers who go on to become Building Maintenance Workers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Building Maintenance Worker, an upper-level role, pays $31K.

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Popular Skills for Maintenance Worker


Maintenance Workers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Plumbing. Those with knowledge of Maintenance tend to be skilled in Plumbing as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Maintenance Worker

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


For Maintenance Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Maintenance Workers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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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