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Office machine repairers complete a variety of tasks on the job. These vary from installing and fixing electronic and manually-operated office machines to maintaining fax machines, copy machines and other types of equipment. Being analytical and hands-on are definite parts of the field. That's why office machine repairers should be comfortable using a wide range of tools, including the multimeter, which provides information about current, voltage and resistance, as well as circuit boards, cable accessories, and signal generators.

Individuals interested in the field also should have patience, persistence, and the ability to troubleshoot. Skills for the field can typically be gained by taking classes at a community college, vocational school or even by learning on the job. In some related fields, completion of a certificate program could be beneficial.

Responsibilities of Office Machine Repairers

The job expectations for the office machine repairer can vary, depending on whether they work for themselves or someone else and the type of machinery they are knowledgeable about. In general, their responsibilities include:

  • Traveling to a customer's workplace to service office machines
  • Talking with customers to figure out the scope of an equipment issue or problem
  • Troubleshooting and fixing mechanical or electronic issues
  • Ordering needed parts for repair
  • Installing, integrating or updating these parts to bring a piece of equipment back to functionality
  • Reassembling equipment after taking it apart
  • Keeping up with new technologies that affect the types of equipment they repair

Office Machine Repairer Job Characteristics

Office machine repairers typically work at a customer's place of business or may bring things back to their repair shop for further work. Here's what to expect on the job:

  • Office machine repairers may need to work weekends or evening hours to accommodate the needs of customers.
  • Some of the equipment that they work on may be located outdoors.
  • The job may entail lifting heavy equipment or working in awkward positions.
  • When office machine repairers work indoors, it is typically in well-ventilated areas since some machinery needs to be in a climate-controlled environment.

Skills that make for a good office machine repairer include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Dexterity
  • Good communication
  • Trouble-shooting abilities
  • Analytical reasoning

Office Machine Repairer Salary and Career Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following information about office machine, computer, and automated teller repairers nationwide:

  • Total Employment: 110,940 in 2014
  • Job Growth: 4%, from 2012 to 2022
  • Average Salary: $38,450 in 2014

Job opportunities could be best for those with training in electronics, according to the BLS. That said, individuals working in Washington, D.C., Alaska, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island had the highest mean annual wages, all above $44,000. Those who want to advance in their career may be able to train other entry-level workers or take on supervisory or management roles.

Education, Certification and Licensing

College courses can help students to enter the field of office machine repair, but a college degree is usually unnecessary. Training also can occur on the job, particularly as new methods or technologies become available. Individuals enrolled in college courses can learn learn about:

  • Computer/digital technology
  • Electronics
  • Trouble-shooting repairs
  • Mechanical configurations and circuit boards

Certification can be found through an organization like ETA International, which offers a variety of credentialing, including in basic electronics, such as Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) and Apprentice (APP). Certification also can be found through equipment vendors and through organizations like the International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians, CompTia and even Hewlett-Packard.

Licensing is not required in the field, but many professionals become highly qualified simply by working in office machine repair for a lengthy amount of time and gaining experience with a variety of machines and new technologies.

Major Employers of Office Machine Repairers

  • Electronics and appliance stores
  • Office supply stores
  • Electronic and precision equipment repair shops
  • Wholesalers of professional and commercial equipment and supplies
  • Self-employment

Resources for Office Machine Repairers

  • Electronics Technicians Association International
  • International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians
  • Association of Computer Repair Business Owners

Sources:

  1. Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/computer-atm-and-office-machine-repairers.htm#tab-6
  2. Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes492011.htm
  3. Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers, O*NET OnLine, 2015. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-2011.00
  4. ISCET Certification Exams, International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians, http://www.iscet.org/certification/exams.html

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Office Machine Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Office Machine Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 640 $42,370
Hoover 640 $42,370
Montgomery 370 $42,590
Huntsville 220 $34,510
Mobile 150 $38,260
Tuscaloosa 80 $36,480
Dothan 50 $30,620
Gadsden N/A $28,630
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 160 $43,270
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1130 $31,130
Mesa 1130 $31,130
Phoenix 1130 $31,130
Tucson 140 $30,660
Flagstaff N/A $28,160
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 350 $32,370
North Little Rock 350 $32,370
Little Rock 350 $32,370
Jonesboro N/A $28,660
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 3720 $40,100
Los Angeles 3720 $40,100
Anaheim 3720 $40,100
San Francisco 2020 $45,000
Oakland 2020 $45,000
Hayward 2020 $45,000
San Diego 1150 $38,380
Carlsbad 1150 $38,380
San Jose 1090 $44,120
Santa Clara 1090 $44,120
Sunnyvale 1090 $44,120
Roseville 770 $37,770
Arcade 770 $37,770
Sacramento 770 $37,770
Arden 770 $37,770
Riverside 700 $31,200
San Bernardino 700 $31,200
Ontario 700 $31,200
Thousand Oaks 290 $43,510
Ventura 290 $43,510
Oxnard 290 $43,510
Lodi 100 $31,360
Stockton 100 $31,360
Bakersfield 100 $37,730
Fresno 90 $33,240
Santa Barbara 90 $38,390
Santa Maria 90 $38,390
Fairfield 80 $40,870
Vallejo 80 $40,870
Salinas 60 $39,760
Arroyo Grande 60 $51,440
Paso Robles 60 $51,440
San Luis Obispo 60 $51,440
Redding 50 $34,390
Chico 50 $35,420
Santa Rosa 50 $38,540
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1190 $38,340
Lakewood 1190 $38,340
Denver 1190 $38,340
Colorado Springs 150 $42,070
Boulder 140 $44,660
Fort Collins 70 $46,290
Grand Junction 60 $30,490
Greeley 40 $36,900
Pueblo N/A $24,400
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 420 $45,400
West Hartford 420 $45,400
Hartford 420 $45,400
New Haven 140 $45,570
Danbury 110 $41,970
Norwalk 110 $44,000
Bridgeport 110 $44,000
Stamford 110 $44,000
Waterbury 30 $37,670
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2040 $35,660
Fort Lauderdale 2040 $35,660
Miami 2040 $35,660
Orlando 1330 $38,190
Kissimmee 1330 $38,190
Sanford 1330 $38,190
Clearwater 700 $27,540
St. Petersburg 700 $27,540
Tampa 700 $27,540
Sarasota 270 $33,250
North Port 270 $33,250
Bradenton 270 $33,250
Jacksonville 200 $43,460
Cape Coral 190 $34,800
Fort Myers 190 $34,800
Brent 160 $34,860
Ferry Pass 160 $34,860
Pensacola 160 $34,860
Palm Bay 130 $33,160
Titusville 130 $33,160
Melbourne 130 $33,160
Tallahassee 130 $40,690
Ocala 80 $32,850
Gainesville 70 $30,660
Port St. Lucie 70 $32,930
Vero Beach 60 $28,230
Sebastian 60 $28,230
Panama City 60 $35,790
Lakeland 50 $29,820
Winter Haven 50 $29,820
Homosassa Springs 40 $23,130
Daytona Beach N/A $27,400
Ormond Beach N/A $27,400
Deltona N/A $27,400
Crestview N/A $44,420
Fort Walton Beach N/A $44,420
Destin N/A $44,420
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 1970 $34,690
Roswell 1970 $34,690
Sandy Springs 1970 $34,690
Macon 80 $26,930
Gainesville 70 $39,050
Savannah 40 $32,000
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 230 $29,990
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 270 $37,680
Idaho Falls 70 $23,780
Pocatello N/A $24,200
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 110 $38,870
Rockford 90 $38,270
Bloomington 60 $28,100
Springfield 60 $30,360
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 940 $42,670
Anderson 940 $42,670
Indianapolis 940 $42,670
Fort Wayne 210 $34,150
West Lafayette 80 $35,230
Lafayette 80 $35,230
Muncie 70 $40,420
Elkhart N/A $34,060
Goshen N/A $34,060
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 470 $41,910
West Des Moines 470 $41,910
Cedar Rapids 150 $36,640
Waterloo 60 $29,020
Cedar Falls 60 $29,020
Dubuque N/A $44,840
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 260 $33,620
Topeka 70 $39,130
Manhattan 50 $39,120
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Owensboro 40 $32,810
Fayette N/A $23,690
Lexington N/A $23,690
Elizabethtown N/A $33,980
Fort Knox N/A $33,980
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 340 $31,880
New Orleans 340 $31,880
Baton Rouge 280 $37,780
Shreveport 120 $23,830
Bossier City 120 $23,830
Lafayette 120 $30,920
Lake Charles 50 $31,030
Monroe 40 $24,590
Alexandria 30 $35,880
Hammond N/A $48,010
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 110 $41,360
Portland 110 $41,360
Bangor 70 $44,140
Auburn 60 $34,650
Lewiston 60 $34,650
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1110 $42,250
Columbia 1110 $42,250
Baltimore 1110 $42,250
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 40 $38,950
New Bedford 30 $25,530
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1100 $35,830
Detroit 1100 $35,830
Warren 1100 $35,830
Grand Rapids 390 $29,070
Wyoming 390 $29,070
Ann Arbor 100 $35,500
Flint 90 $37,410
Lansing 60 $35,400
East Lansing 60 $35,400
Jackson 40 $29,100
Portage 40 $35,800
Kalamazoo 40 $35,800
Monroe 40 $36,250
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester N/A $44,790
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 220 $32,220
Gulfport 120 $38,310
Pascagoula 120 $38,310
Biloxi 120 $38,310
Hattiesburg N/A $30,640
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 250 $25,900
Joplin 110 $28,450
Columbia N/A $35,820
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 110 $34,030
Missoula 70 $36,500
Great Falls 50 $36,880
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 70 $31,300
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 720 $38,650
Henderson 720 $38,650
Las Vegas 720 $38,650
Reno 380 $40,080
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 190 $42,950
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 160 $44,210
Hammonton 80 $38,750
Atlantic City 80 $38,750
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 210 $29,020
Las Cruces 70 $33,820
Santa Fe N/A $35,750
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 640 $40,230
Cheektowaga 640 $40,230
Buffalo 640 $40,230
Rochester 500 $39,150
Syracuse 320 $43,310
Albany 270 $43,190
Schenectady 270 $43,190
Troy 270 $43,190
Binghamton 70 $38,770
Utica 50 $35,680
Rome 50 $35,680
Fort Drum 30 $31,270
Watertown 30 $31,270
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 760 $45,850
Chapel Hill 760 $45,850
Raleigh 450 $37,150
High Point 330 $36,910
Greensboro 330 $36,910
Asheville 150 $27,630
Fayetteville 90 $34,000
Salem 90 $45,950
Winston 90 $45,950
Morganton 70 $33,750
Hickory 70 $33,750
Lenoir 70 $33,750
Greenville 60 $45,450
Burlington 50 $33,330
Wilmington 50 $43,500
Jacksonville 30 $26,330
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1150 $34,510
Cleveland 750 $32,430
Elyria 750 $32,430
Akron 320 $36,570
Toledo 130 $35,130
Dayton 100 $33,710
Canton 100 $41,460
Massillon 100 $41,460
Springfield 50 $31,650
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 360 $35,500
Tulsa 240 $31,780
Lawton 70 $31,150
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 150 $28,910
Medford 50 $33,160
Salem 40 $35,650
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1130 $34,470
Carlisle 290 $34,410
Harrisburg 290 $34,410
Lancaster 230 $38,060
Wilkes 110 $29,230
Barre 110 $29,230
Hazleton 110 $29,230
Scranton 110 $29,230
Hanover 90 $27,200
York 90 $27,200
Reading 90 $36,200
Erie 40 $24,110
Johnstown 40 $30,980
Williamsport 40 $37,150
State College 30 $31,740
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 710 $24,900
Carolina 710 $24,900
San Juan 710 $24,900
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 350 N/A
Charleston 190 $40,440
North Charleston 190 $40,440
Greenville 180 $43,220
Mauldin 180 $43,220
Anderson 180 $43,220
Bluffton 60 N/A
Beaufort 60 N/A
Hilton Head Island 60 N/A
Spartanburg 40 $37,150
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $46,060
Rapid City 70 $34,010
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 700 $44,320
Murfreesboro 700 $44,320
Davidson 700 $44,320
Nashville 700 $44,320
Knoxville 230 $34,360
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 6570 $35,150
Fort Worth 6570 $35,150
Dallas 6570 $35,150
Sugar Land 2900 $37,220
The Woodlands 2900 $37,220
Houston 2900 $37,220
Austin 1740 $28,700
Round Rock 1740 $28,700
San Antonio 740 $35,570
New Braunfels 740 $35,570
El Paso 250 $30,710
College Station 190 $19,970
Bryan 190 $19,970
Edinburg 170 $30,270
Mission 170 $30,270
McAllen 170 $30,270
Killeen 130 $29,880
Temple 130 $29,880
Port Arthur 120 $33,190
Beaumont 120 $33,190
Corpus Christi 120 $36,180
Tyler 110 $33,090
Laredo 70 $26,970
Amarillo 60 $27,530
Waco 60 $35,230
Midland 60 $35,840
Sherman 50 $27,320
Denison 50 $27,320
Longview 50 $34,150
Brownsville 50 $35,700
Harlingen 50 $35,700
Wichita Falls 40 $37,520
Lubbock N/A $31,740
Odessa N/A $33,480
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1150 $35,560
Clearfield 90 $31,370
Ogden 90 $31,370
Provo 50 $33,650
Orem 50 $33,650
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 630 $36,560
Roanoke 100 $36,490
Lynchburg 70 $35,960
Charlottesville 30 $30,840
Christiansburg N/A $27,920
Radford N/A $27,920
Blacksburg N/A $27,920
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1270 N/A
Tacoma 1270 N/A
Seattle 1270 N/A
Spokane Valley 170 $30,990
Spokane 170 $30,990
Bellingham 70 $38,260
Yakima 50 $24,780
Richland 40 $36,330
Kennewick 40 $36,330
Tumwater 30 $42,580
Olympia 30 $42,580
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Vienna N/A $27,590
Parkersburg N/A $27,590
Charleston N/A $37,280
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 620 $42,030
Waukesha 620 $42,030
West Allis 620 $42,030
Madison 260 $34,860
Eau Claire 200 $34,290
Green Bay 140 $40,900
Appleton 100 $47,110
Neenah N/A $23,430
Oshkosh N/A $23,430
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 40 $34,440
Casper 30 $39,200

Most Popular Industries for :
Office Machine Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Durable Goods Wholesale 40,220 33% $39,690
Applicance Stores 17,720 14% $32,580
Maintenance And Repair 17,630 14% $35,400
Professional And Technical Services 12,480 10% $42,190
Miscellaneous Retail Stores 9,410 7% $36,100
Office Services And Staffing 4,700 3% $33,510
Online Wholesale 3,360 2% $38,310
Education 2,900 2% $38,660
Electronics And Computer 1,490 1% $44,000
Internet Service Provider 1,480 1% $45,080
Traditional Publishing 1,460 1% $35,350
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