The median annual wage of home appliance repairers was $34,730 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,400, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,500.
The median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of home appliance repairers in May 2010 were as follows:
|Personal and household goods repair and maintenance||36,200|
|Electronics and appliance stores||31,740|
Earnings vary by skill level, specialization, and the type of equipment being worked on. Many technicians earn a commission along with their salary, making more money as they complete more jobs per day.
Most home appliance repairers work full time, and some have evening or weekend shifts. Sometimes they must stay on call in case of emergencies. Approximately one-third of home appliance repairers are self-employed.
Many home appliance repairers are busiest during summer months when window air conditioning units are in heavy use.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition