Janitors in the United States can expect wages of $10.17 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Men make up the majority of Janitors (65 percent) survey respondents. While some workers in this profession — a majority — do not have any health coverage, two in five do receive medical benefits and just under a third have dental insurance. For the most part, Janitors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.
- 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
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $23K.
Pay by Experience Level for Janitor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Janitors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. Janitors see a median salary of $24K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Janitors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $26K.
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 (+32 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Washington (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Des Moines, which sits 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (3 percent lower) and St. Louis (1 percent lower).