Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Exclude "Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043).

National estimates for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,212,620 0.7 % $14.91 $31,010 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.25 $10.61 $14.12 $18.48 $22.78
Annual Wage (2) $17,170 $22,080 $29,370 $38,440 $47,370

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Lessors of real estate 114,320 $12.94 $26,910 1 223
Local government (OES designation) 90,420 $15.24 $31,700 2 129
Activities related to real estate 60,820 $12.55 $26,100 3 236
Traveler accommodation 53,580 $11.98 $24,920 4 257
Elementary and secondary schools 51,190 $14.49 $30,150 5 154

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 6,220 $24.53 $51,020 33 1
Satellite telecommunications 790 $24.26 $50,460 214 2
Natural gas distribution 2,100 $22.33 $46,440 136 3
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 7,270 $21.17 $44,040 24 4
Other pipeline transportation 180 $20.90 $43,470 266 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Carolina 23,220 $14.39 $29,940 1.321% 330
Alaska 3,660 $19.41 $40,380 1.277% 222
Hawaii 6,710 $15.24 $31,710 1.219% 302
Mississippi 13,020 $12.35 $25,680 1.198% 360
Arkansas 13,310 $12.89 $26,800 1.188% 328

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 3,660 $19.41 $40,380 1.277% 222
New Jersey 29,730 $17.27 $35,910 0.771% 390
Connecticut 10,480 $16.99 $35,340 0.639% 348
District of Columbia 3,720 $16.97 $35,290 0.625% 280
Illinois 51,210 $16.67 $34,670 0.884% 367

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 680 $15.78 $32,820 2.019%
Victoria, TX MSA 680 $12.35 $25,680 1.919%
Terre Haute, IN MSA 1,100 $15.04 $31,270 1.707%
Bryan-College Station, TX MSA 1,280 $11.63 $24,190 1.687%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 1,030 $15.02 $31,240 1.663%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 7,700 $19.07 $39,660 0.862%
Oakland, CA PMSA 7,830 $18.82 $39,140 0.781%
Anchorage, AK MSA 1,370 $18.66 $38,810 1.000%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 1,670 $18.34 $38,150 1.047%
Rochester, NY MSA 7,470 $18.19 $37,830 1.457%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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