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Working As A Laundry 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

  • $21,454

    Average Salary

What Does A Laundry 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 Laundry 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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Laundry Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

60.8%

Male

37.1%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.5%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.0%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

Arabic

9.5%

Ukrainian

4.8%

German

4.8%

French

4.8%

Russian

4.8%
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Laundry Worker Education

Schools

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

16.2%

Hinds Community College

10.3%

Kaplan University

8.8%

El Paso Community College

5.9%

University of Phoenix

5.9%

Tacoma Community College

5.9%

Valencia College

4.4%

University of Montana

4.4%

Midlands Technical College

4.4%

College of Southern Nevada

4.4%

Tyler Junior College

2.9%

Berea College

2.9%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

Treasure Valley Community College

2.9%

Independence University

2.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

2.9%

College of the Ozarks

2.9%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

2.9%

Fox Valley Technical College

2.9%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

2.9%
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Majors

Business

17.6%

General Studies

9.1%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Medical Assisting Services

8.1%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Nursing

6.8%

Accounting

5.7%

Nursing Assistants

5.1%

Computer Science

4.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Human Services

3.7%

Cosmetology

3.4%

Education

2.4%

Culinary Arts

2.0%

English

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Sociology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

47.3%

Associate

17.4%

Bachelors

14.9%

Certificate

11.3%

Diploma

5.7%

Masters

2.4%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Laundry Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Laundry Workers Holdgates Island Laundry, Inc. Nantucket, MA May 16, 2016 $30,742
Laundry Workers Holdgates Island Laundry, Inc. Nantucket, MA Apr 18, 2016 $30,742
Dish and Laundry Workers Seaside Party Celebrations, LLC Tisbury, MA Apr 01, 2016 $30,742
Laundry Workers Nantucket Island Management, LLC Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2016 $30,742
Laundry Worker Airport Laundromat, Inc. West Tisbury, MA Apr 15, 2016 $30,742
Laundry Worker Holdgates Island Laundry, Inc. MA May 29, 2014 $27,987
Laundry Workers Holdgates Island Laundry, Inc. MA Apr 24, 2014 $27,987
Laundry Workers Holdgates Island Laundry, Inc. MA Apr 17, 2015 $27,632
Laundry Worker Airport Laundromat, Inc. West Tisbury, MA May 01, 2015 $27,632
Laundry Worker Flat Creek Development Corp. Jackson, WY May 01, 2015 $24,877
Laundry Worker Atlantic Terrace Montauk, NY May 05, 2016 $24,001
Laundry Worker Flat Creek Development Corp. Jackson, WY May 13, 2016 $23,896
Laundry Worker Royal Atlantic Corporation Montauk, NY Apr 15, 2016 $23,896
Laundry Worker Sole East LLC Montauk, NY May 01, 2016 $23,896
Laundry Worker Sole East LLC Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2015 $23,270
Laundry Worker Atlantic Terrace Montauk, NY May 13, 2015 $23,270
Laundry Worker MYC Resorts LLC Montauk, NY Mar 01, 2015 $23,249
Laundry Workers Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2015 $23,249
Laundry Workers Ocean Bay Management Inc. Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2015 $23,249
Laundry Worker Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa Ltd NY Apr 01, 2014 $22,957
Laundry Worker Sole East LLC NY Apr 01, 2014 $22,957
Laundry Worker Highland Light Steam Laundry, Inc. Peekskill, NY Apr 29, 2008 $22,560
Laundry Worker I Warrensburg Laundry & Dry Cleaning Inc. NY Mar 13, 2012 $20,640
Laundry Worker Atlantic Terrace NY May 01, 2014 $20,348
Laundry Worker MacKinaw Seasonal Resorts, Inc. Mackinaw City, MI Apr 23, 2015 $20,202
Laundry Worker I Gasparilla Inn & Cottages FL Oct 01, 2012 $20,035
Laundry Workers Nantucket Island Management, LLC MA Apr 01, 2013 $19,952
Laundry Workers Gasparilla Inn and Club FL Oct 01, 2013 $19,660
Laundry Worker I Hill Enterprises LLC DBA Village Laundry ND Oct 15, 2012 $19,430

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Top Skills for A Laundry Worker

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Top Laundry Worker Skills

  1. Clean Linen
  2. Sort Laundry
  3. Delivery Truck
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided quick and efficient delivery of clean linen as well as retrieval of soiled linen.
  • Delivered Resort laundry Distributed company uniforms Secretarial Duties
  • Load delivery trucks and transport linen carts for delivery to the hospital.
  • Clean machines, sweep mop laundry room area, al so stock all materials in the laundry that includes chemicals.
  • Receive new shipments, sort, and clean laundry using OSHA requirements on a daily basis.

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