Pay for Cleaners in the United States sits in the ballpark of $10.71 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in five, and about an eighth earn dental coverage. Most Cleaners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Cleaners (68 percent) who took the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Cleaner
Cleaners are responsible for keeping their place of employment looking presentable for fellow employees and other visitors. They clean and maintain floors with sweeping, mopping, and buffing; they also clean walls, windows, and doors. Cleaners dispose of trash, vacuum floors, and clean spills.Read More...
Cleaners must also keep their eye out for dangerous materials or activities to security or management. While they do not function as security guards, proper reporting can help ensure a safe workplace. A cleaner should not attempt to move anything extremely hazardous; they should, instead, report hazardous material to their supervisor or another designated authority.
A high school diploma or GED is required for a cleaner's position, and experience working as a cleaner is preferred. Cleaners must be diligent, have attention to detail, and be friendly to other employees in the company.
- Clean off all finger marks and smudges from vertical surfaces.
- Vacuum all rugs and carpeted in designated areas.
- Hand dust and wipe clean all furniture, fixtures, paneling and window sills.
- Empty and clean all waste receptacles and remove waste.
- Sweep or dust mop floors.
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Pay by Experience Level for Cleaner
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. Cleaners bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $25K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Cleaners that is 54 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Cleaners will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+49 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Rochester (11 percent lower) and Indianapolis (10 percent lower).