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Appliance technicians, also known as appliance repairers, install and fix home appliances either at the home of the buyer for large appliances or in repair shops for small appliances. Many applicants enter the profession with no specific educational background and learn skills on the jobs. However, employers prefer those with postsecondary training in electronics or appliance repair.
Appliance technicians typically work by themselves, driving to appointments and emergency calls. They work a standard 40-hour week, though they may have shifts in the mornings, evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of customers. Their median salary is $34,200 per year, with a range of $20,770 to $52,770. Some are self-employed or work part-time, and earn $16.44 hourly with a range of $9.98 to $25.37. This information is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2009.
Employment and salaries for appliance technicians vary by hiring industry. Not surprisingly, the biggest employers of these professionals are electronics and appliance stores, with 33 percent of the available positions. They pay $15.73 or $32,710, which is less than the median. The highest-paying employers are natural gas distributors whose techs service gas appliance such as ovens and laundry machines. They pay $24.40 or $50,750, but only offer 780 positions.
The city with the most opportunities for appliance technicians is Iowa City, Iowa, with an employment concentration of 1.08 techs per 1,000 workers. Salaries here are at $16.52 to $34,370, close to the median. The best-paying jobs are located in Tucson, Arizona, with wages at $25.67 or $53,390. However, with a job concentration of 0.39 per 1,000 workers, this city offers less than a third of the positions found in Iowa City.
The BLS sees only a 2 percent increase in employment for appliance technicians from 2008 to 2018. This is far lower than average, which will result in lower-than-average pay increases. Demand will come primarily from buyers of large appliances, who still call in techs for problems. Those who own small appliances that fail are more likely to discard them and buy new replacements, due to the disproportionately high costs of repair. Despite these factors, employment opportunities should be excellent, since openings outnumber those looking for jobs.
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