Appliance Service Technicians

Refrigerator Repairman at Work

Appliance service technicians install and service many kinds of electrical and gas appliances, such as washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, ranges, and vacuum cleaners. Some repairers specialize in one type of appliance, such as air conditioners, while others work with a variety of appliances, both large and small, that are used in homes and business establishments. There are approximately 33,480 appliance service technicians in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Install and service a wide range of appliances—from washing machines and dryers to refrigerators and vacuum cleaners
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One to two years of on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Service Manager
  • Assistant Service Manager
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Helper