Salary for Janitors and Cleaners (not including Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners)

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Janitors and cleaners not working as maids or housekeeping cleaners are charged with the responsibility of maintaining a building's cleanliness and orderly condition by performing a variety of service and cleaning tasks. These responsibilities may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and polishing floors. Additionally, they monitor building safety by locking doors, checking window latches and arming security systems if necessary. They gather and empty trash and make sure cleaning supplies are well stocked. These individuals have an extensive knowledge of heating and cooling units as they are often required to check and maintain furnace and air conditioning systems. A high school diploma is required for employment in this field.

A Janitor or Cleaner earns salaries somewhere between $20,380 - $46,870 based on experience and talent. Janitors and Cleaners get an average compensation of thirty-one thousand four hundred and ten dollars per year.

Janitors and Cleaners are compensated at the highest average salary in Washington, where they can get average job salaries of close to $40,330. They can get the best pay in Transportation and Warehousing, where they receive average pay levels of $44,530.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 46.65 percent nationwide in that time.


Janitors and Cleaners (not including Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners) tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Accommodation and Food Services