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Janitor Salary (United States)

Janitors in the United States take home an average $10.10 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.94 per hour to $15.03. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Janitors is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the greater part lack any form of coverage — but around two in five have medical insurance, and around one in three have dental, too. Male Janitors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Janitor Salary (?
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$14,148 - $38,285
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MEDIAN: $24,250
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Janitor Salary (?
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$7.94 - $15.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$13K$26K$39K
Salary
$14,148 - $38,285  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $420.00  
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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$16,419 - $32,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $15.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $420.00  
   
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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$16,419 - $32,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 780
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Job Description for Janitor

Janitors perform routine cleaning and maintenance work to maintain optimal appearance in their workplace. The specific demands of the position can vary widely depending on the building to which the janitor is assigned. Common duties include cleaning floors through a combination of mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming, waste removal, window cleaning, restroom maintenance, equipment cleaning, landscape maintenance, and minor repairs on simple equipment.
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Janitor 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 Janitor

ABM Janitorial offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $21K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $18K to $27K.

Pay by Experience Level for Janitor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Janitors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $21K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $22K. Janitors see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $27K.

Pay Difference By Location

Minneapolis
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Las Vegas
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New York
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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St. Louis
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Spokane
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National Average
$21,000
Atlanta
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Dallas
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Houston
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Janitors, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Janitors will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+25 percent), New York (+23 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (13 percent lower) and Atlanta (12 percent lower).

Janitor Reviews

What is it like working as a Janitor?
Janitor in Bakersfield:
"Fine."
Pros: It takes place at night I don't have to deal with people.
Cons: The pay and the amount of time I have to do the job in.
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Experience Affects Janitor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 40% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 56%