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

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; carpenter; a the expertise of another profession, air-conditioning, and refrigeration.

General maintenance and repair workers obtain supplies and parts from distributors or storerooms to resolve 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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General Maintenance Workers fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, work on plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning and heating systems.

These workers are also responsible for recognizing when a job is above their skill level and requires the expertise of an electrician; carpenter; a the expertise of another profession, air-conditioning, and refrigeration.

General maintenance and repair workers obtain supplies and parts from distributors or storerooms to resolve 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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Job Prospects


Employment growth and the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year will likely result in good job prospects. Many job openings are expected as experienced workers retire.

Employment projections data for general maintenance and repair workers, 2016-26


Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 49-9071 1,432,600 1,545,100 8 -112,500 xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment projections data for general maintenance and repair workers, 2016-26


Occupational Title
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
SOC Code
49-9071
Employment, 2016
1,432,600
Projected Employment, 2026
1,545,100
CHANGE, 2016-26
PERCENT
8
NUMERIC
112,500
EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY
xlsx

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Pay


The median annual wage for general maintenance and repair workers was $37,670 in May 2017. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,820, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,720.

In May 2017, the median annual wages for general maintenance and repair workers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:


Manufacturing $44,260
Government $41,490
Educational Services; State, Local, and Private $40,000
Healthcare and Social Assistance $36,990
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $35,000

Most general maintenance and repair workers work full time, including evenings and weekends. Some are on call for emergency repairs.

General Maintenance and Repair Workers


Median annual wages, May 2017


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

Job Outlook


Employment of general maintenance and repair workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment may rise as increasing home prices and sales drive demand for remodeling and maintenance work. In addition, maintenance and repair workers will continue to be needed to upgrade and renovate older homes.

Demographic changes also may affect the demand for general maintenance and repair workers. Because homeowners typically prefer to remain in their homes as they age, demand may increase for workers as the large baby-boom generation nears retirement. These older homeowners will invest in projects and renovations to accommodate their future living needs and allow them to remain in their homes after retirement.

General Maintenance and Repair Workers


Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26


Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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