Custodian Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for custodians in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,446,382 custodians currently employed in the United States.
  • 36.3% of all custodians are women, while only 59.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed custodian is 48 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of custodians is White (47.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (35.6%) and Black or African American (9.8%).
  • The majority of custodians are located in NY, New York and IL, Chicago.
  • Custodians are most in-demand in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Custodians are paid an average annual salary of $24,097.
  • The education industry is the highest-paying for custodians.
  • San Jose, CA pays an annual average wage of $38,456, the highest in the US.
  • Custodians average starting salary is $18,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 94% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid custodians earn as much as $31,000 or more.
  • 7% of all custodians are LGBT.
  • Alaska is the best state for custodians to live.
  • Custodians are more likely to work at education companies in comparison to private companies.

Custodian Statistics By Gender

Among custodians, 36.3% of them are women compared to 59.3% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 59.3%
  • Female, 36.3%
  • Unknown, 4.4%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
59.3%
Female
36.3%
Unknown
4.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Custodian

Women Earn 94¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$26,418
female-income
Female Income
$24,746

Custodian Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the custodian position over time.

Male
Female
53%
51%
48%
46%
43%
41%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
46.95%
53.05%
2009
46.97%
53.03%
2010
47.14%
52.86%
2011
47.71%
52.29%
2012
47.41%
52.59%
2013
48.12%
51.88%
2014
47.63%
52.37%
2015
46.84%
53.16%
2016
47.00%
53.00%
2017
48.16%
51.84%
2018
48.18%
51.82%

Custodian Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, duct cleaner and solids control technician have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Chambermaid8%84%
Maid Supervisor9%84%
Maid Housekeeper11%85%
Custodian59%36%
Carpet Technician90%6%
Solids Control Technician92%5%
Duct Cleaner93%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Duct Cleaner
Solids Control Technician
Carpet Technician
Custodian
Maid Housekeeper
Maid Supervisor
Chambermaid
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Custodian Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among custodians is White, which makes up 47.9% of all custodians. Comparatively, there are 35.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.8% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 47.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 35.6%
  • Black or African American, 9.8%
  • Asian, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 1.9%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.4%
Job Title
Custodian RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
47.9%
Hispanic or Latino
35.6%
Black or African American
9.8%
Asian
3.4%
Unknown
1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native
1.4%

Custodian Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among custodians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
48.17%
11.62%
3.24%
34.16%
2011
46.88%
12.75%
3.11%
34.03%
2012
47.31%
12.00%
3.02%
34.18%
2013
47.70%
11.55%
3.02%
34.55%
2014
47.85%
11.30%
3.15%
34.46%
2015
47.33%
10.92%
3.31%
35.36%
2016
47.20%
11.07%
3.09%
35.45%
2017
47.23%
10.31%
3.29%
35.79%
2018
47.89%
9.81%
3.44%
35.61%

Custodian Wage Gap By Race

White custodians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american custodians have the lowest average salary at $25,013.
$28,000
$27,000
$26,000
$25,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$25,462
White$26,100
Black or African American$25,013
Asian$25,806
Hispanic or Latino$25,528

Average Age of a Custodian

We determined the average age of custodians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
50
52
Unknown
46
45.5
Asian
52
53
Hispanic or Latino
48
48
White
52
53
American Indian and Alaska Native
51
52

Custodian Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of custodian employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of custodians is 40+ years old, which represents 74% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Custodian YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
10%
30-40 years
16%
40+ years
74%

Types of Custodian Degree Levels

The most common degree for custodians is high school diploma 48% of custodians earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 17% and rounding it off is associate degree with 17%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma, 48%
  • Bachelors, 17%
  • Associate, 17%
  • Diploma, 12%
  • Other Degrees, 6%
Job Title
Custodian DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
High School Diploma
48%
Bachelors
17%
Associate
17%
Diploma
12%
Other Degrees
6%

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Custodian Wage Gap By Education

Custodians with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $27,478 annually. With a Bachelors degree, custodians earn a median annual income of $27,052 compared to $26,418 for custodians with an High School Diploma degree.
$28,000
$27,000
$26,000
$25,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$26,418
Master's Degree$25,836
Bachelor's Degree$27,052
Some College/ Associate Degree$27,478

Custodian Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ custodians. We found that the most common company type is education. In addition, the industry that employs the most custodians is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire custodians.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
4%
50 - 100 employees
2%
100 - 500 employees
20%
500 - 1,000 employees
14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
39%
> 10,000 employees
21%

The Types Of Companies Custodian Work In

Employees with the custodian job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most custodians prefer to work at education companies over private companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
50%
Public
11%
Private
31%
Government
8%

Top Industries Hiring Custodians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ custodians. Those industries include education, non profits and professional.

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Education

Non Profits

Professional

Hospitality

Manufacturing

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
29%
Non Profits
10%
Professional
9%
Hospitality
8%
Manufacturing
6%
Construction
6%
Fortune 500
6%
Retail
6%
Finance
3%
Government
3%
Utilities
3%
Health Care
3%
Technology
3%
Transportation
2%
Real Estate
1%
Media
1%
Energy
1%

Custodian Turnover And Employment Statistics

Custodian Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of custodians changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescCustodian Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
11.07%
2011
10.58%
2012
10.07%
2013
8.55%
2014
7.87%
2015
6.45%
2016
5.87%
2017
5.84%
2018
5.54%

The Average Number of Years That Custodian Stay in a Job

By looking over 91,846 custodians resumes, we figured out that the average custodian enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
29%
1-2 years
30%
3-4 years
13%
5-7 years
14%
8-10 years
5%
11+ years
9%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Custodians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to custodians.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Landscape Foreman6.68%
Environmental Services Aide7.08%
Fumigator7.15%
Custodian7.27%
Irrigation Technician7.33%
Building Supervisor20.36%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Landscape Foreman
6.68%
Environmental Services Aide
7.08%
Fumigator
7.15%
Irrigation Technician
7.33%
Building Supervisor
20.36%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Custodians

The most common foreign language among custodians is Spanish at 73.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 5.0% and German is the third-most popular at 2.7%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 73.9%
  • French, 5.0%
  • German, 2.7%
  • Polish, 2.1%
  • Japanese, 2.0%
  • Other, 14.3%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
73.9%
French
5.0%
German
2.7%
Polish
2.1%
Japanese
2.0%
Other
14.3%

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Custodian Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a custodian can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of custodians is $41,861. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Custodians Earn The Most?

The map here shows where custodians earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Custodians Located?

By looking through more than 91,846 resumes, we found that the most popular places for custodians are NY, New York and IL, Chicago.

Number of Custodians

Where Are Custodians In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country custodians are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings