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Coin and Vending Machine Repairers

At a Glance

  • Use testing devices and hand tools
  • Keep detailed records
  • Some have a certificate or associate degree in electronics
  • Most train on the job
  • Most have a commercial driver's license
  • May work nights and weekends

Career summary

Coin and vending machine repairers maintain, repair, and install coin and vending machines.

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Coin and vending machine repairers make sure coin-operated machines operate properly. These machines include:

Many coin and vending repairers also service machines. They collect coins and restock supplies including coins used for change. They make sure the machine is working correctly and make adjustments as necessary. They may need to clean parts such as the condensers in refrigerator units. They make sure all buttons and levers work correctly.

If a machine breaks down, repairers inspect it for obvious problems, such as jammed coins. They use hand-held computers to help locate problems. They often fix problems by replacing a part such as a circuit board or electronic component.

If the problem is more complex, repairers sometimes need to refer to manuals and wiring diagrams. They look for defective parts. If a problem is serious, repairers take the machine into the shop for repairs. In the shop, they may use power and hand tools. They sometimes use voltmeters to test electronic components.

To install a machine, repairers make the required water and electrical connections. They also make sure that all connections comply with local building codes. They make sure food vending machines comply with local public health standards.

Servicers keep daily records of the amount of each product they stock in a machine. They also record the amount of money collected from each machine. Repairers file reports, write repair cost estimates, order parts, and keep maintenance and repair records.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

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Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to coin and vending machine repairers.

Common work activities

Coin and vending machine repairers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, coin and vending machine repairers:

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Physical demands

Coin and vending machine repairers frequently:

It is important for coin and vending machine repairers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for coin and vending machine repairers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Coin and vending machine repairers need to:


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Education and training

Educational programs

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To work as a coin and vending machine repairer, you typically need to:

Education after high school

No formal education beyond high school is required. However, some coin and vending machine repairers complete a formal training program in electronics. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer these programs. You earn a certificate or associate degree when you complete the program.

On-the-job training

Most coin and vending machine repairers learn their skills on the job from an experienced repairer. In general, you begin as a helper. As you gain experience you work on more complex tasks. Training includes:

The length of training varies by employer. It generally lasts about one month.

Washington apprenticeships

Some repairers prepare for this occupation through an apprenticeship in vending machine service.

For further information on apprenticeships in Washington, contact:

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Apprenticeship Program (external link)

PO Box 44530
Olympia, WA 98504-4530

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Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements (external link). You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers usually require applicants to demonstrate mechanical ability, either through work experience or education. Employers also hire applicants who have a record of being honest. Honesty is important because repairers may handle thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise. A commercial driver's license and a good driving record are also important.

Employers increasingly prefer applicants who have training in electronics. Some vocational high schools and community colleges offer one- to two-year programs in basic electronics.


Many employers require coin and vending machine repairers to have a commercial driver's license (CDL). Requirements for the CDL vary by state.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers (SOC 49-9091)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $11.92 $15.58 $20.90 $30.19 $39.14
Monthly $2,066 $2,700 $3,622 $5,232 $6,783
Yearly $24,790 $32,410 $43,480 $62,800 $81,420
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $11.47 $12.99 $14.88 $17.16 $18.49
Monthly $1,988 $2,251 $2,579 $2,974 $3,204
Yearly $23,854 $27,005 $30,949 $35,694 $38,456
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $12.00 $14.83 $21.20 $31.08 $40.25
Monthly $2,080 $2,570 $3,674 $5,386 $6,975
Yearly $24,967 $30,842 $44,098 $64,633 $83,725
    Vancouver Hourly $12.37 $16.33 $19.58 $22.54 $24.37
Monthly $2,144 $2,830 $3,393 $3,906 $4,223
Yearly $25,725 $33,952 $40,719 $46,884 $50,694
United States Hourly $9.98 $12.58 $16.61 $21.29 $26.72
Monthly $1,730 $2,180 $2,879 $3,690 $4,631
Yearly $20,760 $26,180 $34,560 $44,290 $55,580

Most coin and vending machine repairers receive higher pay for overtime. Some union contracts require higher pay for night work and emergency repair jobs on weekends and holidays.

Wages vary in different parts of the country. Generally, states with some form of legalized gaming have the highest wages.

Full-time repairers may receive common benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. 

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers (SOC 49-9091)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 613 4.6% 16.1% 74
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 11 9.1% 13.4% 1
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 26 -11.5% 8.6% 2
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 10 0.0% 11.9% 1
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 40 7.5% 15.2% 5
    King County 263 -1.1% 19.6% 28
    Pierce County 69 10.1% 15.2% 10
    Snohomish County 94 13.8% 12.4% 13
    Spokane County 65 27.7% 13.9% 11
United States 36,600 0.3% 5.2% 4,300

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for coin and vending machine repairers will show little to no change over the next few years. New vending machines require less maintenance than older machines. Some machines use wireless data transmitters to signal when restocking or repairs are needed. This allows servicers and repairers to visit machines less often and requires fewer workers.

Repairers with experience, or a background in electronics, will have the best job prospects.

Other resources

National Automatic Merchandising Association (external link)
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60606
The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (external link)
P. O. Box 378
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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