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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

  • $23,440

    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 4.0 years
Production Washer 3.4 years
Press Washer 3.2 years
Washer Operator 2.4 years
Tube Washer 2.3 years
Glass Washer 1.9 years
Pot Washer 1.9 years
Tank Washer 1.9 years
Power Washer 1.7 years
Pressure Washer 1.7 years
Vehicle Washer 1.7 years
Tub Washer 1.5 years
Cloth Washer 1.4 years
Hand Washer 1.4 years
Truck Washer 1.4 years
Dish Washer 1.3 years
Car Washer 1.3 years
Pan Washer 1.2 years
Boat Washer 1.1 years
Washer 1.0 years
Auto Washer 0.8 years
Patch Washer 0.8 years
Meat Washer 0.5 years
Tripe Washer 0.1 years
Grey Washer 0.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.3%
Cook 6.2%
Driver 4.7%
Server 4.4%
Manager 3.7%
Stocker 3.0%
Internship 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 12.6%
Driver 5.5%
Cook 4.7%
Technician 4.6%
Server 4.5%
Manager 3.7%
Operator 3.3%
Supervisor 2.9%
Painter 2.8%

Washer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.4%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

77.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.7%

German

6.7%

Chinese

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

French

5.0%

Italian

3.3%

Portuguese

1.7%

Turkish

1.7%

Cherokee

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Russian

1.7%
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Washer Education

Schools

Oregon State University

9.2%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Utah State University

7.1%

William Rainey Harper College

6.1%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

5.1%

The Academy

5.1%

Salt Lake Community College

5.1%

Gateway Technical College

5.1%

Appalachian State University

4.1%

Blinn College

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Del Mar College

4.1%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.1%

Bowling Green State University

4.1%

Delgado Community College

4.1%

Utah Valley University

4.1%

Palomar College

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

College of Southern Nevada

4.1%
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Majors

Business

17.0%

Automotive Technology

7.9%

General Studies

7.7%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Psychology

6.9%

Precision Metal Working

6.7%

Computer Science

4.7%

Biology

3.9%

Nursing

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Communication

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Information Technology

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

48.5%

Bachelors

23.7%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

6.3%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

1.9%

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

ResidentialWindowsProductionDepartmentDetailCarsCustomerServiceSafetyResponsibilitieswashPrepDryAnimalsCleanWindowsResponsibilitiesiSortMopHighPressureDoorJamsAccomplishmentsiCustomerSatisfactionGlassPartitionsHeavyEquipmentSemiTrucksJanitorial

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Top Washer Skills

  1. Residential Windows
  2. Production Department
  3. Detail Cars
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cleaned commercial and residential windows, screens, mirrors, and solar panels
  • Maintained working areas in production departments of industrial establishment in clean and orderly condition.
  • Hired to hand dry and detail cars during my time in High School.
  • Washed windows and operated pressure washer in a highly customer service oriented environment.
  • Monitored external conditions that could also affect the safety conditions of the entrants.

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