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Become An Industrial Cleaner

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Working As An Industrial Cleaner

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

  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Industrial Cleaner 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 An Industrial Cleaner

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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Industrial Cleaner Demographics

Gender

Male

54.7%

Female

34.5%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Black or African American

12.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3%

Thai

8.3%

French

8.3%

Industrial Cleaner Education

Schools

Shelton State Community College

16.0%

University of Phoenix

10.1%

Owens Community College

9.2%

Lansing Community College

6.7%

Vincennes University

5.0%

Maysville Community and Technical College

5.0%

The Academy

4.2%

Youngstown State University

4.2%

Greenville Technical College

4.2%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Henry Ford College

3.4%

Jefferson State Community College

3.4%

Kirkwood Community College

3.4%

Erie Community College

3.4%

Kent State University

3.4%

Monroe Community College

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.4%

Troy University

2.5%

Wayne County Community College District

2.5%
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Majors

Business

20.2%

General Studies

9.4%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Nursing

7.2%

Education

5.3%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Computer Science

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Human Services

3.6%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Nursing Assistants

3.1%

Cosmetology

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

English

2.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

52.3%

Associate

18.4%

Bachelors

12.8%

Certificate

10.3%

Diploma

4.2%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$19,000
Min 10%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
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$27,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$39,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
First Quality Enterprises
Highest Paying City
Waterloo, IA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.7 years
How much does an Industrial Cleaner make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Industrial Cleaner in the United States is $27,443 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $39,000.

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Top Skills for An Industrial Cleaner

  1. Building Floors
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Clean Bathrooms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming and gathering empty trash.
  • Enforced safety procedures in accordance with facility policies and government regulations.
  • Scrub and clean bathrooms, backstage area, and dressing rooms.
  • Apply cleaning agent to dust mop, dust mop floors, wiping down and dusting, pulling trash, recycling cardboard
  • Demonstrated ability of maintaining janitorial equipment in a clean, safe and operable condition.

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