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Working As A Handyman

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Handyman Do

General maintenance and repair workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

Duties

General maintenance and repair workers typically do the following:

  • Maintain and repair machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings
  • Fix or replace faulty electrical switches, outlets, and circuit breakers
  • Inspect and diagnose problems and figure out the best way to correct them
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance to ensure that machines continue to run smoothly
  • Assemble and set up machinery or equipment
  • Plan repair work using blueprints or diagrams
  • Do general cleaning and upkeep of buildings and properties
  • Order supplies from catalogs and storerooms
  • Meet with clients to estimate repairs and costs
  • Keep detailed records of their work

General maintenance and repair workers are hired for maintenance and repair tasks that are not complex enough to need the specialized training of a licensed tradesperson, such as a plumber or electrician.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; a carpenter; a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic or installer; or a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter.

General maintenance and repair workers may fix plaster or drywall. They may fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings.

They also maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, offices, and factories.

General maintenance and repair workers get supplies and repair parts from distributors or storerooms to fix problems. They use common hand and power tools, such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers to fix, replace, or repair equipment and parts of buildings.

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How To Become A Handyman

Jobs in this field typically do not require any formal education beyond high school. General maintenance and repair workers often learn their skills on the job. They start by doing simple tasks and watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers.

Education

Many maintenance and repair workers learn some basic skills in high school shop or technical education classes, postsecondary trade or vocational schools, or community colleges.

Courses in mechanical drawing, electricity, woodworking, blueprint reading, mathematics, and computers are useful. Maintenance and repair workers often do work that involves electrical, plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems or painting and roofing tasks. Workers need a good working knowledge of many repair and maintenance tasks.

Practical training, available at many adult education centers and community colleges, is another option for workers to learn tasks such as drywall repair and basic plumbing.

Training

General maintenance and repair workers usually start by watching and learning from skilled maintenance workers. They begin by doing simple tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets and replacing lightbulbs. After gaining experience, general maintenance and repair workers move on to more difficult tasks, such as overhauling machinery or building walls.

Some general maintenance and repair workers learn their skills by assisting other types of repair or construction workers, including machinery repairers, carpenters, or electricians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements vary by state and locality. For more complex tasks, workers may need to be licensed in a particular specialty, such as electrical or plumbing work.

Advancement

Some maintenance and repair workers decide to train in one specific craft and become craftworkers, such as electricians, heating and air-conditioning mechanics, or plumbers.

Other maintenance workers eventually open their own repair or contracting business. However, those who want to become a project manager or own their own business may need some postsecondary education or a degree in construction management. For more information, see the profile on construction managers.

Within small organizations, promotion opportunities may be limited.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. These workers interact with customers on a regular basis. They need to be friendly and able to address customers’ questions.

Dexterity. Many repair and maintenance tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting or attaching components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Troubleshooting skills. Workers find, diagnose, and repair problems. They perform tests to figure out the cause of problems before fixing equipment.

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Handyman Career Paths

Handyman
Maintenance Technician Foreman Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Foreman Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Electrician Supervisor Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Field Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Team Leader Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Field Service Technician Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Production Supervisor Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Service Technician Hvac Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Package Handler Installer Hvac Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Electrician Helper Hvac Technician Maintenance Lead Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Handyman Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Unknown

10.3%

Female

4.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.7%

French

5.6%

German

3.4%

Russian

1.9%

Carrier

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Italian

1.1%

Japanese

1.0%

Albanian

0.8%

Tagalog

0.6%

Chinese

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Romanian

0.5%

Mandarin

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Finnish

0.5%

Venetian

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%
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Handyman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.7%

The Academy

13.2%

Universal Technical Institute

6.4%

Apex Technical School

5.9%

Pima Community College

5.5%

A-Technical College

5.0%

Glendale Community College

4.9%

Miami Dade College

4.3%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Central State University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Full Sail University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.2%

Utah Valley University

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

American River College

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Texas State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

General Studies

7.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.2%

Automotive Technology

6.0%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.7%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Computer Science

4.9%

Precision Metal Working

4.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Accounting

3.4%

Psychology

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Mechanical Engineering

3.3%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Construction Management

2.8%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Management

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

45.8%

Bachelors

21.9%

Associate

16.1%

Certificate

9.7%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
JLL
Highest Paying City
Grand Rapids, MI
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Handyman make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Handyman in the United States is $41,923 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

Real Handyman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Handyman Joseph M. Arzadon, Md, DDS, PC DBA Nova Surgical A Arlington, VA Jul 07, 2015 $35,880
Handyman Mario C. Fonseca Remodeling Hagerstown, MD Mar 19, 2008 $30,307 -
$50,000
Handyman Marina Contractors & Developers, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2008 $28,696 -
$29,218
Handyman New Creations Hair Studio Naples, FL Dec 03, 2010 $26,192
Handyman Lotus Property Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 29, 2016 $25,938
Handyman M.W. Promotions Corp. Plantation, FL Nov 15, 2007 $25,461

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Top Skills for A Handyman

  1. Drywall Repair
  2. Door Installation
  3. Preventative Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with construction for a family business including erecting walls, painting, drywall repair, and operating different power tools.
  • General maintenance Painting Housekeeping Basic construction Plumbing Window and door installation
  • Have written Maintenance trouble shooting/repair/preventative maintenance manuals specifically for Nikon Steppers.
  • Replaced light fixtures installed windows ceiling fans electrical outlets light switches along with other minor apartment lease-rent preparation.
  • Worked summer vacation and seasonal periods for individuals, neighbors and family friends by performing various house and yard maintenance tasks.

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