Handyman job descriptions

Updated April 17, 2017

A handyman is a highly skilled craftsman who specialises in carrying out various odd jobs such as performing repairs, maintaining property and performing renovations as needed.

Job Responsibilities

The skilled handyman will be responsible for performing repairs in private homes and businesses as needed. General duties include clearing and repairing units in apartment complexes between occupancies, performing renovations on properties, maintaining and general upkeep such as painting, clearing drainpipes, watering grass and gardens, mowing lawns and hauling garbage, always ensuring proper disposal techniques are adhered to. The qualified handyman candidate will also respond to emergency calls from building management or, in the situation of an apartment complex, directly from the residents themselves. Occasionally the handyman will be required to submit bids on jobs not suitable for or outside the budget of the project. In these instances, the handyman will be required to effectively communicate the budget for which management has outlined and manage the contracts and contractors by saving all required receipts and invoices for processing.

Job Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that handymen are in demand due primarily to the low pay of the work. There is also a large turnover of handymen who go on to manage teams of other skilled building workers, so those individuals who have a good skill set in the field should be able to find work easily. This is usually done through word of mouth or in trade publications and classified advertisements.

Qualitative Requirements

The qualified handyman candidate should be able to prioritise efficiently and work in a timely manner. There is never a set schedule so flexibility, particularly at night and on weekends is helpful. Generally, some overtime can be expected. The handyman should also be highly organised as he or she will be expected to maintain good records of receipts, invoices and tools. Confidential information is sometimes shared with the handyman such as charge accounts, credit/debit cards and gift cards, therefore the handyman should have the utmost discretion. Also, having one’s own tools and maintaining the security and well-being of teammates is critical.

Educational Requirements

There are generally no educational requirements to be a handyman, but many employers would prefer those they hire to have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Average Compensation

According to, the average handyman with five to nine years of experience working in the United States earns an annual base salary of £13,000. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the industry as a whole should see an increase in its workforce of approximately 14% by 2016.

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About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.