The average Janitor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.20 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. While the greater part report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Janitors. Men make up the majority of Janitors (65 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Training for janitor positions is usually not intensive and is done in house. There are no formal education requirements for custodial staff positions. Previous experience in the field is preferable, but not necessary. Successful applicants may be trained in the use of certain specialized equipment such as floor buffers, steam cleaners, and lawn equipment; they may also be given instruction for special tasks such as minor repairs and the cleaning of sensitive equipment. In some cases, the janitor may have to travel to a location to perform tasks; in such cases, the applicant must possess a drivers' license. Experience with trade skills such as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems are desirable.
Janitors are often assigned shifts, rotating with other members of the custodial crew. Hours tend to be regular, though some businesses relegate custodial duties to off-hours, meaning that some positions may require late or overnight hours. Custodial work can be physically demanding, making good physical fitness a great asset. Good interpersonal skills are a plus as well, both for communicating with the public when necessary and for ensuring smooth operation with other members of the custodial staff.
- 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 Janitor
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $23K on average.
Pay by Experience Level for Janitor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Janitors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $21K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $23K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $24K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Janitors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $27K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Janitors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Janitors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (4 percent lower) and St. Louis (2 percent lower).
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