Apartment Maintenance Technician – HVAC / Plumbing / Construction Experience
National Apartment Association
Title: Maintenance Technician
Looking for full-time, year-round, recession-proof work? As a maintenance technician in the residential property management field, you’ll have a consistent, secure job that enables you to work with your hands, help people, and solve problems. RPM maintenance technicians prepare apartments for new residents, make repairs in apartments of current residents, and perform routine maintenance in and around the community.
This job and career path have advantages that you can’t find everywhere, even in other maintenance jobs, such as:
Consistent work. The RPM industry is resilient, and as an RPM maintenance technician, you’ll have work even when COVID-19 guidelines result in closing down other industries, such as hospitality, restaurant, and retail. Also, you won’t experience seasonal lulls the way you might as HVAC contractor; construction worker; or other commercial maintenance specialists.
Comprehensive benefits. With a job as an RPM maintenance technician, your needs are covered with a benefits package that includes health insurance, a 401(k), sick leave, and life insurance. RPM careers also offer paid holidays and vacations, and many provide rent reduction and tuition assistance.
Range of work and knowledge. You’ll be trained and asked to fix problems with plumbing, electricity, heating, cooling, locks, carpentry, and more.
Variety. No two days are alike. You’ll have different tasks in different apartments where you’ll interact with and help different people every day.
Personal interaction. You’ll get to know the people you are helping in the community, and they’ll be thankful for what you do.
A maintenance technician job is good for self-motivated problem-solvers who are eager to learn. The job may be especially well-suited for someone with technical school training or military, construction, contracting, or home repair experience. Companies tend to promote from within, so with some years of experience under your belt, you could become a regional maintenance manager for a portfolio of communities!
Annual Base Salary Range*
Entry level: $34,500 – $44,000
Maintenance supervisor: $49,000 – $65,200
Regional maintenance manager: $76,000 – $109,800
Overtime and bonus pay: 6.7% – 11.4% of salary
Some employers offer rent reductions of 20% or more.
* Source: CEL & Associates 2019 Real Estate Compensation Survey. These salary ranges are not reflective of every market and may be higher or lower depending on geographic area and employer.