Restoration Technician

Job Description

Do you love working with your hands and with tools? Do you enjoy helping people in need? If so, a job as a Restoration Technician may be an excellent fit for you. 

Restoration Technicians are among the first people to provide support to victims of fires, floods, and other disasters by helping them restore their homes and property so they can start getting their lives back to normal. Restoration Technicians help assess what property and belongings can be saved and begin the process of water and debris cleanup. 

The job of a Restoration Technician takes communication skills, empathy, and physical stamina to do the on-site work required. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide restoration services for structures damaged by fire, mold, water, and weather
  • Perform water extraction, carpet/floor drying and cleaning, mold and mildew remediation, deodorization/decontamination, and demolition and debris removal
  • Clean and store savable belongings and property
  • Demolish or remove damaged plumbing, framing, drywall, and related materials

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, preferably with courses in ecology, biology, and chemistry. Employers often prefer candidates with an associate degree and certification in inspection, cleaning, and restoration.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Expertise with hand tools
  • Robust communication and listening skills
  • Physical fitness and stamina for cleanup work 
  • Comfort with fieldwork 

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Restoration Technician with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $33,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $34,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $33,000
  • Miami, Florida: $36,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $35,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $40,000
  • Houston, Texas: $39,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $48,000
  • New York City, New York: $42,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $39,000
  • Overall: $36,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $39,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $40,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $39,000
  • Miami, Florida: $42,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $40,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $45,000
  • Houston, Texas: $39,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $47,000
  • New York City, New York: $45,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $38,000
  • Overall: $44,000

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Career Path

The path to becoming a Restoration Technician typically starts with earning a high school diploma or GED. Restoration Technicians can also earn certification in inspection cleaning and restoration to help further their careers. 

Position Trends

With ongoing climate change and natural disasters typically affecting communities more and more, the need for Restoration Technicians should remain strong. 

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for environmental science and protection technicians should experience nine percent growth through 2028, a faster-than-average growth across all occupations.  

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Restoration Technician are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, typically in the field.  

Where You Can Find Jobs

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  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster 

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