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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
  • $41,152

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Worker Do

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy in order to provide a pleasant outdoor environment.


Grounds maintenance workers typically do the following:

  • Mow, edge, and fertilize lawns
  • Weed and mulch landscape beds
  • Trim hedges, shrubs, and small trees
  • Remove dead, damaged, or unwanted trees
  • Plant flowers, trees, and shrubs
  • Water lawns, landscapes, and gardens
  • Monitor and maintain plant health

Grounds maintenance workers are generally under the direction of a professional grounds manager and perform a variety of tasks to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment. They also care for indoor gardens and plantings in commercial and public facilities, such as malls, hotels, and botanical gardens.

The following are examples of types of grounds maintenance workers:

Landscaping workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones. They also trim, fertilize, mulch, and water plants. Some grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes such as walkways, patios, and decks. Others help install lighting or sprinkler systems. Landscaping workers are employed in a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as homes, apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping malls, and hotels and motels.

Groundskeeping workers, also called groundskeepers, maintain grounds. They care for plants and trees, rake and mulch leaves, and clear snow from walkways. They work on athletic fields, golf courses, cemeteries, university campuses, and parks, as well as in many of the same settings that landscaping workers work. They also see to the proper upkeep of sidewalks, parking lots, fountains, fences, planters, and benches, as well as groundskeeping equipment.

Groundskeeping workers who care for athletic fields keep natural and artificial turf in top condition, mark out boundaries, and paint turf with team logos and names before events. They mow, water, fertilize, and aerate the fields regularly. They must ensure that the underlying soil on fields with natural turf has the composition required to allow proper drainage and to support the grass used on the field. In sports venues, they vacuum and disinfect synthetic turf to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and they remove the turf and replace the cushioning pad periodically.

Groundskeepers in parks and recreation facilities care for lawns, trees, and shrubs; maintain playgrounds; clean buildings; and keep parking lots, picnic areas, and other public spaces free of litter. They also may erect and dismantle snow fences and maintain swimming pools. These workers inspect buildings and equipment, make needed repairs, and keep everything freshly painted.

Some groundskeepers specialize in caring for cemeteries and memorial gardens. They dig graves to specified depths, generally using a backhoe. They mow grass regularly, apply fertilizers and other chemicals, prune shrubs and trees, plant flowers, and remove debris from graves.

Greenskeepers maintain golf courses. Their work is similar to that of groundskeepers, but they also periodically relocate holes on putting greens and maintain benches and tee markers along the course and provide more intense turf maintenance. In addition, greenskeepers keep canopies, benches, and tee markers repaired and freshly painted.

Pesticide handlers, sprayers, and applicators apply herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides on plants or the soil to prevent or control weeds, insects, and diseases. Those who work for chemical lawn or tree service firms are more specialized, inspecting lawns for problems and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals to stimulate growth and prevent or control weeds, diseases, or insect infestations.

Tree trimmers and pruners, also called arborists, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to clear utility lines, roads, and sidewalks. Although many of these workers strive to improve the appearance and health of trees and plants, some specialize in diagnosing and treating tree diseases. Others specialize in pruning, trimming, and shaping ornamental trees and shrubs. Tree trimmers and pruners use chain saws, chippers, and stump grinders while on the job. When trimming near power lines, they usually work on truck-mounted lifts and use power pruners.

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How To Become A Maintenance Worker

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.


Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.


A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.


Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Maintenance Worker Career Paths

Maintenance Worker
Truck Driver Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician
Assistant Maintenance Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Custodian Maintenance Technician Building Maintenance Technician
Building Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Welder Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Ship Worker Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Self-Employed Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Custodian Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Operator Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Maintenance Worker Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Dakota

  • Italian

  • Hmong

  • Albanian

  • Cantonese

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

  • Hindi

  • Dutch

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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 -
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
Maintenance Worker United Pulse Trading Inc. Williston, ND Oct 01, 2015 $57,664
Maintenance Workers-Machinery American Bindery Depot, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 01, 2007 $51,090
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Piast Meats and Provisions, Inc. Garfield, NJ Aug 25, 2009 $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
Maintenance Workers Eagle Chemical, Inc. D/B/A Eagle Nutritionals Carlstadt, NJ Jul 23, 2010 $49,274
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Reeds Sod Farm, LLC NJ Apr 01, 2014 $47,938
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 Durabag Co., Inc.DBA Superpak Company Tustin, CA Feb 18, 2011 $39,312
Maintenance Workers, Machinery TGM LLC, DBA-Best Western Canton, Inn Canton, TX Jul 20, 2012 $39,187
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, Municipal Pete's Lawn Care, Inc. NY Mar 20, 2012 $33,392
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
HWY Maintenance Worker Vizcaino LP TX Feb 17, 2014 $32,536
Maintenance Worker, Machinery Head West Inc. Compton, CA Apr 17, 2009 $32,406

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Worker


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Top Maintenance Worker Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Facility
  3. Flower Beds
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Decreased accidents by working closely with the management staff to identify the high risk areas and create new safety procedures.
  • Provide assistance and support to staff in maintaining the building and facility grounds.
  • Cut lawn using hand, power or riding mower and trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls.
  • Completed electrical, plumbing, H.V.A.C, drywall repair, and flooring work.
  • Repair or replace defective equipment parts, using hand tools and power tools, and reassemble equipment.

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