Salary for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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Also known as:  Drycleaner, Launderer, Laundress, Laundry Attendant, Laundry Equipment Operator, Laundry Operator, Laundry Sorter, Laundry Worker, Precision Dyer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers set up, tend and operate laundry and dry cleaning equipment, including washing machines, dryers and dry-cleaning machines. They may also do simple repairs on clothes garments. Completion of high school or its equivalency is usually necessary to be considered for this position. An employer usually requires up to one year of formal on-site job training after being hired for this job.

A Laundry or Dry-Cleaning Worker can get an average wage on a scale from $19,130 to $35,310 based on the level of education. will normally get an average salary of twenty-six thousand six hundred dollars annually.

make the highest salary in District of Columbia, where they earn compensation, on average, of about $36,680. People in this job function are paid most highly in Public Administration, where they can receive normal pay levels of $35,430.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.07 percent nationwide in that time.


Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Retail Trade

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Accommodation and Food Services