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What does a Maintenance Person do?

A maintenance person, also known as general maintenance worker, repair worker, handyman or repair technician, is responsible for keeping buildings, shops or equipment in good repair. Maintenance people often work in factories, hotels, hospitals, on college campuses, in public and private schools, at shopping plazas and in rental companies.


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Working as a Maintenance Person

Maintenance people are generally responsible for:

  • Conducting routine inspections of buildings and equipment
  • Performing preventative maintenance to keep buildings and equipment from needing repairs
  • Performing basic repairs and maintenance as necessary
  • Overseeing contractors when professionals are required for performing repairs
  • Diagnosing and correcting mechanical issues as they arise
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How much does a Maintenance Person make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.03
Low $12.15
High $26.76
$4,719per year
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a maintenance person is $18.03 per hour in the United States and $4,719 overtime per year.51.8k salaries reported, updated at September 23, 2023

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Maintenance Technician

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Average $22.50 per hour

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Common questions about for a Maintenance Person

Is a maintenance person considered to be an in-demand job?

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for maintenance person and repair workers is expected to grow six percent from 2018 to 2028, approximately the same as the average for all occupations. Demand for maintenance people may increase as rising home prices escalate the demand for remodeling and maintenance work.

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Is a maintenance person role physically demanding?

The role of a maintenance person may be physically demanding. Maintenance personnel may have to lift heavy objects or stand for extended periods of time. The work usually involves walking, climbing and reaching.

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What hours do you generally work as a maintenance person?

Maintenance person typically works full time, including evenings, weekends and possibly holidays. Many maintenance employees have to be on call for emergency repairs outside of business hours.

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