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
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.