Custodian Salary (United States)

Custodians in the United States pull down an average of $11.42 per hour. The top of the range reaches $17.08, and the bottom approaches $8.24 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. About a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Custodians report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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$16,937 - $39,652  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 455
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
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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.

Custodian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Custodian

U.S. Postal Service (USPS) offers the largest salaries in town—$35,600 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $25K to $53K) creates a rather varied pay scale. With a reported median salary of only $18,625, GCA Services Group, Incorporated easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are about half of the rate of the top paying employer.

Pay by Experience Level for Custodian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Custodians can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $22K can reach $25K. Pay amounts to $28K after 10 to 20 years. As Custodians reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 12 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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 Custodians, Las Vegas provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and San Diego, where Custodians annually earn 26 percent, 21 percent, 20 percent, and 20 percent more than the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Custodians in Kansas City earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Colorado Springs (-14 percent) and Tucson (-13 percent).

Experience Affects Custodian Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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