Work with your hands, stay on the move, solve people’s problems, never get bored, and never stop learning. As a residential property management (RPM) maintenance technician, you’ll prepare apartments for new residents, make repairs for people already living there, and perform upkeep to make the community the best it can be.
This job and career path provide advantages you can’t always find elsewhere, even in other maintenance jobs:
- Range of work and knowledge: You’ll be trained and called on 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, meeting and helping different people.
- Full-time, year-round work: You won’t experience seasonal lulls, the way you might as an HVAC contractor or other maintenance specialist.
- 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, and may be especially suited to someone with military, construction, contracting, or home repair experience — or technical school training. Stick with it and you could become a regional maintenance manager for a portfolio of communities!
Annual Base Salary Range*
Entry Level: $33,100–$41,300
Maintenance Supervisor: $47,000–$61,100
Regional Maintenance Manager: $73,000–$103,100
Overtime and Bonus Pay: 6.6–11.2 percent of salary
Some employers offer rent reductions of 20 percent or more.
* Source: CEL & Associates 2017 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.