Maintenance workers service and repair machines, landscapes, highways, or any other device or area that can break down over time. Most learn their skills informally on the job by helping more experienced workers. However, certification for specific skills such as blueprint reading or woodworking is often available from trade schools and junior colleges. Salaries and employability varies by the type of maintenance worker and employer.
General maintenance workers use two or more occupational skills to service and repair machines, equipment or structures not covered by other maintenance professions. Their median salary is £22,503 yearly, with a range of £13,526 to £36,133. This translates to an hourly rate of £10.80, with a range of £6 to £17.3. The biggest employers of these workers are lessors of real estate with 10 per cent of the available 1.2 million positions. They pay less than average at £9.80 per hour or £20,507 per year. The highest-paying employers are motor vehicle manufacturing companies with hourly rates of £17.9 or yearly salaries of £37,420. These figures are according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2009.
Grounds maintenance workers are responsible for keeping landscaped areas well-maintained, clean and usable. They make a median £7.40 hourly with a range of £5.0 to £16.10, or £15,528 yearly with a range of £10,530 to £33,507. The industry employing the most of these professionals is local government with over a quarter of the available 12,840 positions. Pay is less than the median at £6.70 per hour or £14,033 per year. The highest-paying employer is the postal service with compensation at £17.5 per hour or £36,458 per year.
Machinery maintenance workers perform routine tasks to keep machines running. They earn a median hourly wage of £11.80 with a range of £7.20 to £18.4, or a median yearly salary of £24,544 with a range of £15,067 to £38,415. Their biggest employers are wholesalers of machinery, equipment and supplies with almost 6 per cent of the available 66,390 positions. Salaries here are greater than the median at £12.30 per hour or £25,746 per year. The best-paying jobs are with motor vehicle manufacturing, which pays £17.9 per hour or £37,388 per year.
Highway maintenance workers repair broken pavement, fill potholes, adjust highway markers and otherwise keep roads and highways passable. They receive a median £10.70 per hour with a range of £6.70 to £15.80. This translates to yearly pay of £22,262 with a range of £14,131 to £32,896. The largest employer of these professionals is local government, with 74 per cent of the available 139,490 jobs. It offers median pay at £10.90 per hour or £22,724 per year. The highest-paying employer is the federal government with compensation at £14.20 hourly or £29,523 yearly.