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Working As A Maintenance Worker

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Worker 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 Maintenance Worker

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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Maintenance Worker Career Paths

Maintenance Worker
Forklift Operator Heavy Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Chief Engineer Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Case Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Specialist Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Maintenance Person 2.8 years
Maintenance Worker 2.0 years
Maintenance Helper 1.9 years
Maintenance Aide 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Maintenance Worker
Cashier 11.2%
Cook 5.7%
Driver 4.3%
Janitor 3.8%
Internship 3.5%
Volunteer 3.5%
Custodian 3.5%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Careers After Maintenance Worker
Cashier 7.6%
Driver 5.4%
Internship 5.3%
Cook 4.0%
Technician 3.6%
Custodian 3.6%
Cleaner 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%

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Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

85.7%

Female

12.9%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.1%

French

5.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

Chinese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

German

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Carrier

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Russian

1.3%

Mandarin

0.9%

Italian

0.7%

Turkish

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Albanian

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Swedish

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%
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Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.8%

Central Michigan University

7.0%

Liberty University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

West Virginia University

5.2%

Western Illinois University

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.9%

The Academy

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.4%

Universal Technical Institute

4.3%

University of Alabama

4.1%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Utah State University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Ferris State University

3.8%

Arkansas Tech University

3.5%

Apex Technical School

3.5%

Kirkwood Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Criminal Justice

10.9%

General Studies

8.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.1%

Automotive Technology

5.1%

Precision Metal Working

4.7%

Psychology

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Kinesiology

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Communication

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Biology

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Management

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

41.8%

Bachelors

28.4%

Associate

14.7%

Certificate

8.9%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Maintenance Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Worker United Pulse Trading Inc. Minot, ND Oct 01, 2015 $67,452
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Air Tool Sales & Repair NY Apr 04, 2013 $64,697 -
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Maintenance Workers, Machinery Neri's Bakery Products Inc. Port Chester, NY Dec 03, 2013 $62,878
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Neri's Bakery Products Inc. Port Chester, NY Apr 12, 2013 $62,878
Maintenance Workers, Machinery First Call Nursing Services, Inc. Antioch, CA Nov 22, 2010 $62,026
Maintenance Worker Michael Partridge Realty Corp. NY Dec 22, 2014 $60,299
Maintenace Worker Michael Partridge Realty Corp. NY Dec 18, 2014 $60,299
Maintenance Worker United Pulse Trading Inc. Williston, ND Oct 01, 2015 $57,664
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Piast Meats and Provisions, Inc. Garfield, NJ Aug 25, 2009 $51,090
Maintenance Workers-Machinery American Bindery Depot, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 01, 2007 $51,090
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Broadwalk & Central Ave Ass. DBA Franks Fun Center Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Jan 31, 2008 $50,213
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Goglanian Bakeries, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Dec 21, 2012 $49,858
Maintenance Worker Machinery Decostar Industries Carrollton, GA Mar 15, 2010 $49,400
Maintennce Workers, Machinery Air Temp Service Company, Inc. Paterson, NJ Jul 16, 2010 $49,274
Maintenance Worker New Vista Nursing & Rehab Center Newark, NJ Oct 17, 2016 $42,099
Marble Finishing Machine Maintenance Worker European Granite & Marble Corp. New York, NY Mar 04, 2009 $41,740
Property Maintenance Worker DA Silva Realty Danbury, CT Oct 05, 2007 $41,385
Maintenance Worker T&M Repair Company Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Oct 22, 2015 $41,142
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Alliance MacHine Systems INTL., LLC LA May 19, 2010 $40,831
Maintenance Worker Rebecca Gomez New York, NY Dec 22, 2010 $40,581
Foundry Maintenance Worker Campbell Foundry Company Harrison, NJ Oct 31, 2011 $40,581
Maintenance Workers-Machinery Alacer Corp. CA Dec 03, 2010 $40,196
Maintenance Worker Chickahominy Recreational Park Inc. VA Mar 01, 2016 $34,874
Assistant Property Maintenance Worker DA Silva Realty Danbury, CT Aug 22, 2008 $34,769
Maintenance Workers, Machinery Associated MacHine Tool Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 23, 2009 $34,278
HWY Maintenance Worker Vizcaino LP TX Feb 17, 2015 $34,269
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Smart Motion Robotics Inc. Sycamore, IL Oct 01, 2015 $33,000
Pool Maintenance Workers Steven Simon & Edward Morgan Harwich, MA Apr 15, 2016 $32,975
Pool Maintenance Worker Steven Simon and Edward Morgan MA May 01, 2015 $32,954

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Maintenance Worker

Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$12,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
McDonald's
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Maintenance Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Worker in the United States is $26,241 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $12,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Worker

  1. Flower Beds
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Potential Safety Hazards
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed installation projects and designed flower beds.
  • Maintained and completed minor preventative maintenance tasks on county government fleet equipment.
  • Reported any graffiti and vandalism including potential safety hazards to co-workers and Supervisory Staff.
  • Pull out garbage throughout all hospital, snow removal and up keeping of all perimeter outside of the building.
  • Performed PMs on facility machines and systems according to manufacturing and internal specifications on a daily basis.

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Top 10 Best States for Maintenance Workers

  1. Alaska
  2. Iowa
  3. Nevada
  4. Minnesota
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Ohio
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Indiana
  9. Connecticut
  10. Hawaii
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