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Custodian Salary (United States)

For Custodians, hourly wages usually total $11.42 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.24 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.08 on the higher side. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Custodians (64 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Custodians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Custodian Salary (?
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$14,891 - $47,567
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MEDIAN: $27,519
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Custodian Salary (?
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$8.24 - $17.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$14,891 - $47,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.64  
Profit Sharing
$4.83 - $3,052  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,937 - $39,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.24 - $17.08  
   
Overtime
$9.86 - $29.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $492.64  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.83 - $3,052  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,937 - $39,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,229
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Job Description for Custodian

Custodians are responsible for keeping buildings clean by picking up trash, sweeping, and mopping, as well as cleaning bathrooms and ensuring they are fully stocked with toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Custodians also complete a number of other functions, such as cleaning windows, vacuuming, dusting, and emptying trash.
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Custodian Tasks
  • Clean assigned areas including furniture, telephones, fixtures, walls, windows, window sills, blinds and vents.
  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum all area floors, rest rooms and break areas.
  • Clean rest room facilities and replenish supplies.
  • Perform general cleaning, light floor care and special event set ups.
  • Collect and remove trash and recyclables.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Custodian

Custodians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Postal Service (USPS), where typical salaries come to $36K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($25K) and those starting out ($53K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. U.S. Postal Service (USPS) also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Pay by Experience Level for Custodian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $22K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $25K. On average, Custodians make $28K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $30K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to one-eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

Las Vegas
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Seattle
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San Diego
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Portland
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Chicago
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$25,000
Tampa
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Denver
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Manhattan
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Philadelphia
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Tucson
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Colorado Springs
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Kansas City
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For those looking to make money, Custodians in Las Vegas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and San Diego are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Custodians earning around 26 percent, 21 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent more than average. Custodians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Custodians in Kansas City bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (14 percent lower) and Tucson (13 percent lower).
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Experience Affects Custodian Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%