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Working As A Sanitation 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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sanitation 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 Sanitation 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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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%
$39,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CSM Companies, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Bethlehem, PA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Sanitation Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Sanitation Worker in the United States is $26,164 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 $39,000.

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Top Skills for A Sanitation Worker

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Garbage Truck
  3. Usda
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed all standard safety procedures to ensure a safe work environment, while preparing and handling sanitation equipment
  • Operated a trash pickup route, drove a garbage truck to different housing stops and loading trash into their truck.
  • Maintained, cleaned and sanitized building facility and equipment using industrial strength chemicals required to exceed USDA inspections specifications.
  • Employed to collect, haul away, and dispose of garbage and also use fork lifts, and clean machines.
  • Operate high pressure water @ 140 - 160 F and power equipment (power scrubber, sprayers and pallet jacks).

Sanitation Worker 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 13,084 Sanitation Worker 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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Sanitation Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

70.2%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.3%

Black or African American

12.6%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.8%

French

2.4%

German

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Shona

0.6%

Lithuanian

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Russian

0.6%
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Sanitation Worker Education

Schools

The Academy

13.2%

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Albany Technical College

8.2%

Essex County College

5.8%

Fresno City College

5.5%

Merced College

4.5%

A-Technical College

4.2%

Nassau Community College

4.2%

Ashford University

3.7%

Wayne Community College

3.7%

Atlanta Technical College

3.4%

Savannah Technical College

3.4%

Hinds Community College

3.4%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Central State University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Prince George's Community College

3.4%

Edgecombe Community College

3.4%

Middle Georgia Technical College

3.4%

Hawkeye Community College

3.4%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

General Studies

11.6%

Criminal Justice

9.4%

Precision Metal Working

5.7%

Automotive Technology

5.5%

Nursing

5.2%

Computer Science

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Education

3.3%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.3%

Culinary Arts

2.9%

Psychology

2.8%

Communication

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Accounting

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.3%

English

2.2%

Information Technology

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

54.8%

Associate

16.3%

Bachelors

11.9%

Certificate

10.4%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

0.7%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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