Custodian Salary

Custodians in the United States take home an average $11.82 per hour. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of Custodians are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and nearly one-half have dental, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$15,144 - $48,622
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$49K
MEDIAN: $25,886
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$8.76 - $17.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$15,144 - $48,622  
   
Bonus
$20.61 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$340.00  
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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$17,884 - $40,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $17.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$12.89 - $33.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$20.61 - $2,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$340.00  
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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$17,884 - $40,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,090

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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

  • Perform general cleaning, light floor care and special event set ups.
  • Collect and remove trash and recyclables.
  • Clean rest room facilities and replenish supplies.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Custodian


U.S. Postal Service (USPS), GCA Services Group, Incorporated, Aramark, SSC Service Solutions, and Diversified Maintenance Services are among the top companies that take on many Custodians. Gordon Food Services (GFS) leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $38K. Also paying near the top of the field are U.S. Postal Service (USPS) at $31K, Aramark at $21K, and Baptist Church, where Custodians annually earn $20K.

With a reported median salary of only $17K, GCA Services Group, Incorporated easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are less than half of the top paying company's rate. Workers at Diversified Maintenance Services, Sodexo, Inc., and ABM Janitorial also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $19K, $19K, and $20K respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Custodian

Pay by Experience for a Custodian has a positive trend. An entry-level Custodian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 1,356 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Custodian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 705 salaries. An experienced Custodian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 634 salaries. A Custodian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 262 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,006

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Peoria offers some of the highest pay in the country for Custodians, 22 percent above the national average. Custodians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Chicago (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Jackson Custodians earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Memphis and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

Custodian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Custodian?

Custodian in Wilson:
"Love it."
Pros: Being around the kids helping staff to have a better day! Making school easier for everyone who attends!
Cons: Timing ! Having to be there so early I have my oldest who will be attending high school and my two younger kids need to get to their school at different times so I need a job that will allow that!

Custodian in Healdsburg:
"Good experience."
Pros: My job allows for work in many fields involving chemicals, building repairs and maintenance. Even when the school hires professionals I get to work with them to gain basic knowledge in trouble shooting and repairing. I enjoy being able to prioritize my work as well as job orders that are requested on top of my daily duties and having the intimate knowledge of the schools workings and how to increase efficiency to make others work enjoyable.
Cons: Management and supervisors are unprofessional and have limited knowledge of the needs of the school and the hours it takes to perform jobs. Quality isnt important.

Key Stats for Custodian

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Custodian Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 31%
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