Elevator Installers and Repairers


Elevator Installers and Repairers


Elevator installers and repairers, also called elevator constructors or elevator mechanics, are skilled crafts workers who assemble, install, and repair elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, automated people movers, and similar equipment. They may also be responsible for modernizing this equipment. Approximately 27,000 elevator installers and repairers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Six months' on-the-job experience for helpers





Personality Traits

Hands On


Earnings depend on experience, geographic location, and other factors. Workers who are not fully qualified journeymen earn less than full-time professionals; for example, apprentices start at about 50 percent of the full wage, with their pay increasing as they obtain experience.

The median hourly wage for fully qualified elevator installers and repairers was $38.36 in May 2018, according...

Work Environment

The standard workweek for elevator installers and repairers is 40 hours. Some workers put in overtime hours (for which they are paid extra), and some repairers are on call for 24-hour periods to respond to emergency situations. Most repair work is done indoors, so little time is lost because of bad weather. It frequently is necessary to lift heavy equipment and parts and to work in very hot or ...


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for elevator installers and repairers will grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028. Job prospects for those who wish to enter this field should be good, as new nonresidential construction projects should create a demand for elevator installers and repairers. There will also be some need to replace workers, although the turn...