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Working As A Porter

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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Porter 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 Porter

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 Yearly Salary
$26,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$17,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$38,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kroger
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Porter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Porter in the United States is $26,025 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $38,000.

Real Porter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Porter Churchill Corporate Services Hawthorne, NJ Dec 03, 2008 $39,250
Porter Pendleton House LDHA Alexandria, VA Jul 25, 2012 $28,350
Dock Porter D and S North, LLC Mackinac Island, MI Apr 15, 2015 $23,458
Dock Porter Mission Point Resort, Inc. MI Apr 15, 2014 $22,727
House Porter Island House, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI Apr 01, 2016 $20,202
House Porter Island House, Inc. Mackinac Island, MI Apr 01, 2015 $19,868

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Top Skills for A Porter

  1. Building Floors
  2. Shampoo Carpets
  3. Snow Removal
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, stripping, waxing, buffing, speed buffing.
  • Cleaned elevators vacuum shampoo carpets stripped waxed floors removed garbage police areas around building
  • Maintained grounds and common areas, including lawns, flowerbeds, shrubbery, parking areas, winter snow removal.
  • Maintained clean bathrooms and cleaned walkways to maintain an orderly walkway for patrons attending the game
  • Managed and transported customer and company ultra-luxury automobiles as well as a variety of customer service duties.

Porter Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 41,586 Porter resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Porter Demographics

Gender

Male

74.8%

Female

13.2%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

20.9%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

5.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.2%

French

5.6%

Italian

2.5%

German

2.3%

Arabic

1.6%

Polish

1.4%

Portuguese

1.1%

Japanese

1.0%

Russian

0.9%

Tagalog

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Carrier

0.7%

Hindi

0.5%

Mandarin

0.5%

Albanian

0.5%

Greek

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.3%

Korean

0.3%

Hawaiian

0.3%

Cantonese

0.3%
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Porter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Universal Technical Institute

9.6%

The Academy

9.3%

Apex Technical School

7.0%

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

5.7%

College of Southern Nevada

5.6%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

5.4%

Monroe College

5.4%

Porter and Chester Institute

4.9%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.0%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Macomb Community College

3.7%

Oakland Community College

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.2%

New York University

3.1%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Manhattan College

3.0%

Moraine Valley Community College

2.9%

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

2.9%

Henry Ford College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

21.3%

Criminal Justice

10.0%

General Studies

9.0%

Automotive Technology

7.8%

Liberal Arts

4.8%

Computer Science

4.6%

Psychology

4.2%

Nursing

3.7%

Communication

3.6%

Accounting

3.5%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Management

2.5%

Information Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

46.5%

Bachelors

21.0%

Associate

15.9%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

4.0%

Masters

2.8%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.6%
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