Custodians are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as custodians in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since custodians are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where custodians have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for custodians.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s custodians:
So there you have it — Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners is the best of the best when it comes to being a custodian.
How did Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for custodians and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for custodians in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well custodians get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for custodians in California is $30,350 and the average salary in Illinois is $29,830, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for custodians in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for custodians.
Total Jobs: 5,090
Average Annual Salary: $28,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,690
Average Experienced Salary: $39,600
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 7,050
Average Annual Salary: $30,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,150
Average Experienced Salary: $43,370
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 45,610
Average Annual Salary: $29,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,600
Average Experienced Salary: $44,090
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 85,470
Average Annual Salary: $26,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,050
Average Experienced Salary: $40,010
Location Quotient: 1.04
Total Jobs: 86,230
Average Annual Salary: $29,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,820
Average Experienced Salary: $46,690
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 59,850
Average Annual Salary: $26,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,390
Average Experienced Salary: $38,240
Location Quotient: 0.92
Total Jobs: 23,870
Average Annual Salary: $26,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,300
Average Experienced Salary: $38,520
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 42,890
Average Annual Salary: $31,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,590
Average Experienced Salary: $44,020
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 14,210
Average Annual Salary: $25,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,170
Average Experienced Salary: $36,120
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 44,630
Average Annual Salary: $25,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,130
Average Experienced Salary: $36,710
Location Quotient: 0.97
If you’re looking to start out your career as a custodian these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a custodian in America: