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.

$12,197 - $51,063
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$12K
$23K
$51K
MEDIAN: $23,288
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$8.10 - $15.09
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$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$12,197 - $51,063  
   
Bonus
$14.90 - $2,367  
Profit Sharing
$905  
Total Pay (?
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$16,634 - $33,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.10 - $15.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.56  
Overtime
$10.93 - $24.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$14.90 - $2,367  
   
Profit Sharing
$905  
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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$16,634 - $33,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,184
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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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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

National Average: $21,476

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

Janitor Reviews

What is it like working as a Janitor?

Janitor in Vancouver:
"Valued work."
Pros: The routine is set. Do the same duties every day with projects to work on if you have time. There is a sense of accomplishment when something come clean.I enjoy the physical part of the job lots of walking and bending and stretching.
Cons: The pay.

Janitor in Spring Valley:
"A janitor must have knowledge on how to use a wide variety."
Pros: Running the side by side and high speed buffer. Shining up the floors, the residents at the facility. Not being supervised. The closeness of the job.
Cons: The pettiness of the employees and the inability of my manger sticking up for you. The fact that they hire non English speaking people.

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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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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