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Working As A Custodian

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

  • $25,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Custodian Do At Aecom

* Vacuuming, mopping, dust mopping, sweeping and scrubbing floors, empty waste containers, low and high cleaning
* perform restroom cleaning, restroom checks, clean water fountains, clean fitness centers, showers and locker rooms
* clean freight and passenger elevators
* clean and polish furniture and fixtures, clean windows, glass partitions, and mirrors at prescribed heights
* clean walls, machines, and equipment
* shampoo carpets, strip, seal, finish, and polish floors
* follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners
* empty waste containers, deliver collected refuse to the loading dock
* assist in Special Events setups
* monitor building for maintenance/safety/security issues and report any violations to immediate Supervisor or Management
* maintains custodial equipment in a clean, safe operable condition
* report shortage of supplies and equipment failures to immediate Supervisor or Management
* performs other related work as assigned.
* Keywords - janitor, janitorial, utility cleaner, custodian

What Does A Custodian Do At Kelly Services

* Sweeps, vacuums, scrubs, and mops entrances, hallways, classrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, and office space
* Cleans and disinfects restrooms and drinking fountains; checks and replaces restroom and locker room supplies
* Strips, waxes, and buffs hallways and floors; cleans woodwork, tile, walls, and windows
* Empties and disinfects trash and garbage containers
* Dust and polish all open visible surfaces
* Collect all trash
* Cleans debris from sidewalks and grounds
* Checks and locks buildings in accordance with procedures
* A packet of job duties / expectations will be available upon interview / hire

What Does A Custodian Do At Johns Hopkins University

* Operates designated floor equipment to include auto-scrubbers, burnishers, buffers, carpet extractors to strip, scrub, and shampoo and wax floors, all surface cleaners, or other larger mechanical machines at least 3 days per week as a primary duty.
* Must demonstrate proficiency in operating these machines.
* Utilize automated floor cleaning equipment according to schedule for cleaning of large area of floor surface.
* Uses the proper procedures on carpet and upholstering (shampooing, damp surface, extractions, spot cleaning, vacuuming, etc.).
* Operates industrial floor care equipment as assigned.
* Performs maintenance and restorative processes for all floor surface types.
* Cleans, sweeps, vacuums, and polishes floors.
* Uses various tools, equipment, and cleaning materials to include, but not limited to hand power scrubbing and polishing equipment, small and large vacuum cleaners, large commercial type buffer, broom, dust brush, dust pan, wet and dry mop, bucket mop wringer, special cleaning solution, and chemical cleaners.
* Cleans identified or assigned areas/spaces with required cleaners and disinfecting solutions.
* Cleans walls, window, window blinds and shade, ceilings and doors.
* May work from ladders or scaffolding.
* Replenishes towels, soap, toilet tissue, linen, and other supplies as required.
* Inspects exterior and interior of building for service issues and report all damages, malfunctions and needed repairs to supervisor.
* Removes trash from assigned areas.
* Moves furniture, miscellaneous equipment, supplies and/or recyclable materials, empties large and small trash containers, removes miscellaneous debris and discarded building materials such as a broken plaster, wood, and brick.
* Transports biohazard containers to designated area.
* Removes snow, ice and debris from building entrances, sidewalks and other areas as required.
* Maintains equipment and work areas in clean and orderly condition.
* Observes safety precautions and properly uses equipment and products.
* Sets up and removes furniture, miscellaneous equipment and supplies required for meetings and special events.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Custodian Do At Virginia State Government

* Maintain, within assigned area on Post, a high standard of cleanliness through daily cleaning and disinfecting all assigned restrooms, to include weekly scrubbing with mechanical and manual equipment.
* Remove trash and debris from all assigned areas, frequently lift up to 50 lbs and occasionally move heavy furniture.
* Ensure all assigned floors are kept clean and free of debris.
* Be able to work in various weather conditions.
* Flexibility to adjust schedule and/or work in an overtime status to support evening and weekend Post events.
* Perform other duties and assignments as directed by management such as event preparation and support, inclement weather support and special project teams

What Does A Custodian Do At Career Systems Development-Job Corp

* 1. Performs general janitorial duties in an office, such as cleaning, dusting, washing windows, and moving and polishing furniture and equipment
* Sweeps, mops, and polishes floors.
* Vacuums and spot cleans carpets
* Empties trash receptacles and dusts furniture
* Performs minor maintenance repairs.
* Arranges for repair of office equipment and utilities.
* Responsible for voicemail access and maintenance
* Transports students as authorized
* Ensures that all tools and equipment are in good repair
* Attends required training session

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How To Become A Custodian

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


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.


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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Custodian Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Greek

  • Cantonese

  • Hmong

  • Filipino

  • Thai

  • Nepali

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Real Custodian Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Church Custodian United Methodist Korean Church of Central Queens NY Oct 28, 2016 $44,366
Church Custodian Roman Catholic Church of The Korean Martyrs Saddle Brook, NJ Oct 23, 2007 $35,479
Custodian Jg Tree Corp DBA Perfect Cut Tree Service Pomona, NY Mar 04, 2010 $29,740
Custodian Akambi Management, LLC. Port Saint Lucie, FL Oct 05, 2007 $26,881
Custodian Guetterman Motors Inc. Cairo, IL Sep 30, 2016 $25,461
Custodian Tan Management, Inc. Upland, CA Oct 08, 2009 $16,696

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Top Skills for A Custodian


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Top Custodian Skills

  1. Building Floors
  2. Public Restrooms
  3. Bathroom Fixtures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
  • Cleaned elevators, glass and planters in public areas such as the lobby, pool and public restrooms.
  • Report malfunction of bathroom fixtures, light fixtures, and/or damages to room and hall furnishings to supervisor.
  • Used prescribed solutions to clean windows.
  • Supervised and maintained the upkeep of various facilities, clinics, boutiques, and office buildings.

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