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Working As A Washer

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

  • $20,072

    Average Salary

What Does A Washer 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 Washer

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 Length of Employment
Bottle Washer 3.7 years
Press Washer 3.2 years
Washer Operator 2.6 years
Glass Washer 2.1 years
Washer Assembler 2.0 years
Pressure Washer 1.7 years
Vehicle Washer 1.7 years
Power Washer 1.7 years
Tank Washer 1.7 years
Hand Washer 1.5 years
Truck Washer 1.4 years
Dish Washer 1.2 years
Car Washer 1.1 years
Washer 1.0 years
Pan Washer 0.9 years
Boat Washer 0.8 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.9%
Cook 6.4%
Driver 5.1%
Server 4.7%
Manager 3.9%
Stocker 3.3%
Janitor 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 13.1%
Driver 5.8%
Cook 4.6%
Server 4.5%
Technician 4.5%
Manager 3.8%
Operator 3.4%
Assistant 3.2%
Internship 3.1%

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Washer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.4%

Female

20.0%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

9.4%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.6%

German

6.2%

Chinese

4.6%

Japanese

4.6%

French

4.6%

Italian

3.1%

Portuguese

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Cherokee

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Russian

1.5%
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Washer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Oregon State University

8.9%

Utah State University

6.9%

William Rainey Harper College

5.9%

Salt Lake Community College

5.9%

Wayne State University

5.0%

Universal Technical Institute

5.0%

The Academy

5.0%

Gateway Technical College

5.0%

Appalachian State University

4.0%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

4.0%

University of North Dakota

4.0%

Blinn College

4.0%

Del Mar College

4.0%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

4.0%

Pima Community College

4.0%

Delgado Community College

4.0%

Charter College

4.0%

Utah Valley University

4.0%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

General Studies

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.6%

Automotive Technology

7.4%

Precision Metal Working

6.6%

Psychology

6.6%

Computer Science

4.8%

Biology

4.6%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Nursing

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.2%

Information Technology

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Management

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

48.1%

Bachelors

24.3%

Associate

15.2%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

1.8%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Washer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Window Washers PMJ Enterprises, LLC MA Apr 01, 2015 $32,954
Window Washers PMJ Enterprises, LLC MA Apr 01, 2014 $32,056
Window Washer Cifarelli's Clear Cleaning Corp NY Apr 01, 2015 $31,409
Window Washer Cifarelli's Crystal Clear Cleaning Corp Mattituck, NY Apr 01, 2016 $30,783
Window Washer Cifarelli's Crystal Clear Cleaning Corp NY Apr 01, 2014 $23,270
Window Washer Clearly Amazing Outlook, LLC D.B.A. 20/20 Window Cleaning MA May 07, 2016 $20,966
Window Washer Clearly Amazing Outlook, LLC DBA 20/20 Window Cleaning MA May 07, 2016 $20,966

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Top Skills for A Washer

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  1. Production Department
  2. Inspect Parts
  3. Customer Service
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  • Maintained working areas in production departments of industrial establishment in clean and orderly condition.
  • Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.
  • Provided individualized customer service by washing and detailing cars to the customer's specifications.
  • Use pressure washer to clean trucks and trailers Follow safety procedures Help around the mechanic shop Attend safety meetings
  • Bus boy Assist Cook Prep Food

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Top 10 Best States for Washers

  1. Nevada
  2. Alaska
  3. Maine
  4. Minnesota
  5. Connecticut
  6. Montana
  7. New York
  8. Wyoming
  9. Washington
  10. Massachusetts
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