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Working As a Cleaning And Maintenance Worker

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cleaning And Maintenance Worker Do

Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition.

Duties

Janitors and building cleaners typically do the following:

  • Gather and empty trash
  • Sweep, mop, or vacuum building floors
  • Clean restrooms and stock them with supplies
  • Lock doors to secure buildings
  • Clean spills and other hazards with appropriate equipment
  • Wash windows, walls, and glass
  • Order cleaning supplies
  • Make minor building repairs
  • Notify managers when a building needs major repairs

Janitors and building cleaners keep office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition. Some only clean, while others have a wide range of duties.

In addition to keeping the inside of buildings clean and orderly, some janitors and building cleaners work outdoors, mowing lawns, sweeping walkways, and removing snow. Some workers also monitor the building’s heating and cooling system, ensuring that it functions properly.

Janitors and building cleaners use many tools and equipment. Simple cleaning tools may include mops, brooms, rakes, and shovels. Other tools may include snowblowers, floor buffers, and carpet extraction equipment.

Some janitors are responsible for repairing minor electrical or plumbing problems, such as leaky faucets.

The following are examples of types of janitors and building cleaners:

Building superintendents are responsible for maintaining residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. Although their duties are similar to those of other janitors, some building superintendents also help collect rent and show vacancies to potential tenants.

Custodians are janitors or cleaning workers who typically maintain institutional facilities, such as public schools and hospitals.

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How To Become A Cleaning And Maintenance Worker

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Formal education is not required.

Education

Janitors and building cleaners do not need any formal educational credential. However, high school courses in shop can be helpful for jobs involving repair work.

Training

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor, learning how to use and maintain equipment such as vacuums, floor buffers, and other tools. On the job, they also learn how to repair minor electrical and plumbing problems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is available through the Building Service Contractors Association International, the International Executive Housekeepers Association, and ISSA—The International Sanitary Supply Association. Certification can demonstrate competence and may make applicants more appealing to employers.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Janitors and building cleaners should get along well with their supervisors, other cleaners, and the people who live or work in the buildings they clean.

Mechanical skills. Janitors and building cleaners should understand general building operations. They should be able to make routine repairs, such as repairing leaky faucets. 

Physical stamina. Janitors and building cleaners spend most of their workday on their feet, operating cleaning equipment and lifting and moving supplies or tools. As a result, they should have good physical stamina.

Physical strength. Janitors and building cleaners often must lift and move cleaning materials and heavy equipment. Cases of liquid cleaner and trash receptacles, for example, can be very heavy, so workers should be strong enough to lift them without injuring their back.

Time-management skills. Janitors and building cleaners should be able to plan and complete tasks in a timely manner.

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Average Length of Employment
Building Custodian 3.7 years
Custodial Engineer 3.0 years
Custodian 2.9 years
Custodian Worker 2.8 years
Office Cleaner 2.6 years
Maintenance Worker 2.4 years
Day Porter 2.2 years
Cleaning Porter 2.1 years
Cleaner 2.1 years
Janitor 2.0 years
Porter 1.9 years
General Cleaner 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Cleaning And Maintenance Worker
Cashier 22.1%
Cleaner 10.7%
Server 3.8%
Cook 3.6%
Janitor 3.1%
Manager 2.4%
Driver 2.4%
Top Careers After Cleaning And Maintenance Worker
Cashier 16.4%
Cleaner 12.5%
Server 4.0%
Driver 3.8%
Janitor 3.6%
Manager 2.6%
Custodian 2.6%
Cook 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
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Median 50%
$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
House of Blues Entertainment
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Cleaning And Maintenance Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Cleaning And Maintenance Worker in the United States is $29,687 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

Real Cleaning And Maintenance Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Building Cleaning Workers, All Other Servicemaster Clean of Northern Orange and Dutches Wappingers Falls, NY Sep 26, 2013 $35,000
Building Cleaning Worker First Choice Building Maintenance Tamarac, FL Aug 03, 2009 $28,175
Building Cleaning Worker X-Stream Power Wash and Paint, Inc. Barnhart, MO Apr 18, 2016 $27,340
Building Cleaning Worker Bicon, LLC Boston, MA Jan 25, 2008 $22,832
Building Cleaning Worker Bicon, LLC Boston, MA Jan 17, 2008 $22,832
Cleaning Worker L&S P.C DBA: Magic Homes Lake Havasu City, AZ Dec 09, 2010 $20,870

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Top Skills for A Cleaning And Maintenance Worker

  1. Building Floors
  2. Clean Bathrooms
  3. Bathroom Fixtures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned building floors by sweeping, moping and vacuuming
  • Operate buffer & floor scrubber, clean bathrooms & stock rooms; work with chemicals.
  • Sterilized bathroom fixtures and replaced hygiene products.
  • Run vacuum, sweep, mop floors.
  • Clean office buildings Plant trees and maintained landscape around the building Set-up meeting locations transport equipment to different buildings

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Top 10 Best States for Cleaning And Maintenance Workers

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  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Vermont
  4. New York
  5. New Jersey
  6. West Virginia
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Connecticut
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Cleaning And Maintenance Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

50.0%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

14.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.9%

French

8.3%

Chinese

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Swahili

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.9%

Bosnian

0.9%

Serbian

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Croatian

0.9%

Macedonian

0.9%
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Cleaning And Maintenance Worker Education

Schools

The Academy

15.2%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Community College of Philadelphia

6.5%

Cuyahoga Community College

5.8%

Kent State University

5.1%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

5.1%

Washtenaw Community College

4.3%

Gateway Community College

4.3%

Apex Technical School

4.3%

Prince George's Community College

3.6%

Lansing Community College

3.6%

Everest Institute

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%

Erie Community College

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

Suffolk County Community College

3.6%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

State University of New York Purchase

3.6%
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Majors

Business

20.2%

Criminal Justice

10.0%

General Studies

9.0%

Medical Assisting Services

7.2%

Nursing

5.4%

Education

5.0%

Computer Science

4.4%

Psychology

4.1%

Graphic Design

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Cosmetology

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Biology

2.6%

English

2.6%

Culinary Arts

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Communication

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

53.5%

Bachelors

15.8%

Associate

14.3%

Certificate

10.2%

Diploma

3.9%

Masters

1.2%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Updated May 19, 2020