Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
SOC: 37-2011.00

Description:

Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,360,600 employed

Projected (2024):
2,496,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Airport Attendant
  • Alley Cleaner
  • Alley Worker
  • Attendant
  • Brass Cleaner
  • Brass Polisher
  • Building Attendant
  • Building Custodian
  • Building Maintenance Custodian
  • Building Maintenance Superintendent
  • Building Maintenance Technician
  • Building Service Worker
  • Building Services Technician
  • Building Superintendent, Cleaning, Painting, Maintenance
  • Building Superintendent, Custodian, Janitor, Maintenance
  • Camp Attendant
  • Camp Tender
  • Campground Cleaning Attendant
  • Care Taker
  • Caretaker
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Casino Porter
  • Change House Attendant
  • Chimney Sweep
  • Chore Worker
  • Cleaner
  • Cleaning and Maintenance Worker
  • Cleaning Custodian
  • Cleaning Handyman
  • Cleaning Laborer
  • Cleaning Porter
  • Cleaning Technician
  • Coach Cleaner
  • Commercial or Institutional Cleaner
  • Custodial Aide
  • Custodial Engineer
  • Custodial Laborer
  • Custodial Maintenance Worker
  • Custodial Worker
  • Custodian
  • Day Worker
  • Dormitory Keeper
  • Dry Boss
  • Dry House Attendant
  • Dry House Worker
  • Dry Man
  • Duct Cleaner
  • Facility Service Associate
  • Fixture Relamper
  • Floor Care Specialist
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Floor Polisher
  • Floor Scrubber
  • Floor Sweeper
  • Floor Tech (Floor Technician)
  • Floor Waxer
  • Floorperson
  • Floors Buffer
  • Furnace Caretaker
  • Furnace Operator
  • General Cleaner
  • Hall Cleaner
  • Handy Man
  • Handyman
  • Head Cleaning Porter
  • Heavy Duty Custodian
  • Helper, Maintenance, Cleaning
  • Hired Man
  • Hired Worker
  • Home Restoration Service Cleaner
  • Hospital Cleaner
  • Hydroelectric Plant Maintainer
  • Industrial Cleaner
  • Industrial Plant Custodian
  • Industrial Sweeper-Cleaner
  • Institutional Custodian
  • Janitor
  • Janitor and Cleaner
  • Janitor Caretaker
  • Janitor Cleaner
  • Janitor Custodian
  • Janitor Helper
  • Janitorial Assistant
  • Janitorial Maintenance Worker
  • Joss House Keeper
  • Labor Custodian
  • Laboratory Equipment Cleaner
  • Lamp Replacer
  • Latrine Cleaner
  • Lead Janitor
  • Light Bulb Replacer
  • Light Fixture Servicer
  • Maintenance Aide
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Marble Cleaner
  • Metal Polisher
  • Multi-Story Window/Building Exterior Cleaner
  • Odd Jobs Day Worker
  • Office Cleaner
  • Office Sweeper
  • Paper Cleaner
  • Patch Worker
  • Pool Cleaner
  • Power Washer
  • Project Crew Worker
  • Sanitation Worker
  • School Janitor
  • Scrub Woman
  • Scrubber
  • Sexton
  • Station Cleaning Porter
  • Sweeper
  • Swimming Pool Servicer
  • Tobacco Sweeper
  • Utility Person
  • Utility Porter
  • Utility Worker
  • Venetian Blind Cleaner
  • Venetian Blind Cleaner and Repairer
  • Venetian Blind Washer
  • Wall Cleaner
  • Wall Washer
  • Wallpaper Cleaner
  • Washer
  • Washhouse Worker
  • Window Cleaner


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Service, clean, or supply restrooms.
  • Gather and empty trash.
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
  • Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
  • Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors.
  • Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
  • Requisition supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties.
  • Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.
  • Steam clean or shampoo carpets.
  • Set up, arrange, or remove decorations, tables, chairs, ladders, or scaffolding to prepare facilities for events, such as banquets or meetings.
  • Clean and polish furniture and fixtures.
  • Dust furniture, walls, machines, or equipment.
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment, or supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, or parking areas, using snowplows, snow blowers, or snow shovels, or spread snow melting chemicals.
  • Clean laboratory equipment, such as glassware or metal instruments, using solvents, brushes, rags, or power cleaning equipment.
  • Spray insecticides or fumigants to prevent insect or rodent infestation.
  • Make adjustments or minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing, or electrical systems.
  • Clean and restore building interiors damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
  • Clean chimneys, flues, and connecting pipes, using power or hand tools.
  • Monitor building security and safety by performing tasks such as locking doors after operating hours or checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
  • Mow or trim lawns or shrubbery, using mowers or hand or power trimmers, and clear debris from grounds.
  • Drive vans, industrial trucks, or other vehicles required to travel to or to perform cleaning work.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Aerial manlifts
  • Air compressors
  • Carpet shampooers
  • Claw hammers
  • Cordless drills
  • Desktop computers
  • Dry mops
  • Equipment dollies
  • Extension ladders
  • Floor buffers
  • Floor strippers
  • Floor waxers
  • Forklifts
  • Hand trucks
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Industrial vacuums
  • Insecticide sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Portable scaffolding
  • Power floor scrubbers
  • Power grinders
  • Power mowers
  • Power saws
  • Precision files
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Push brooms
  • Ratchet wrenches
  • Ride-on industrial vacuum cleaners
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Scissor lifts
  • Snow blowers
  • Snow shovels
  • Snowplows
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Step ladders
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Wet mops
  • Window squeegees
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word


  • building and grounds cleaning and maintenance


    industry stats

    SOC: 37-0000

    Total Employed: 4,407,050

    Average Annual Salary: $27,080