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Working As A Window Cleaner

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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Window Cleaner 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 Window Cleaner

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
Service Cleaner 2.5 years
Cleaner 2.1 years
Assistant Cleaner 2.1 years
Window Cleaner 2.0 years
General Cleaner 1.8 years
Industrial Cleaner 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Window Cleaner
Cashier 16.5%
Cook 5.9%
Server 5.7%
Driver 4.6%
Janitor 3.9%
Cleaner 3.6%
Stocker 3.2%
Landscaper 3.1%
Technician 2.8%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Window Cleaner
Cashier 8.2%
Cook 6.1%
Cleaner 5.9%
Driver 5.7%
Server 5.6%
Technician 3.5%
Painter 3.4%
Janitor 3.1%
Owner 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
SWC
Highest Paying City
Milwaukee, WI
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Window Cleaner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Window Cleaner in the United States is $35,930 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

Real Window Cleaner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Window Cleaner Helpers Clearly Amazing Outlook, LLC MA Apr 26, 2016 $32,975
Window Cleaning SWC Inc. MA May 01, 2015 $32,954
Window Cleaning SWC Inc. MA Jun 03, 2014 $32,056
Window Cleaner Alpha Window Cleaning Wanaque, NJ May 05, 2008 $30,992
Window Cleaners Jonathan Miles Window Cleaning Inc. MA Apr 01, 2015 $30,074
Window Cleaners Jonathan Miles Window Cleaning Inc. MA May 15, 2014 $30,011
Window Cleaner Globetrotter Adventures Inc. Carbondale, CO Jun 01, 2015 $26,964
Professional Window Cleaner Crystal Clear Cleaning, Inc. Bend, OR Jun 01, 2016 $26,776
High Rise Window Cleaner DH Harrison Inc. GA Feb 15, 2015 $24,397
High Rise Window Cleaner DH Harrison Inc. Atlanta, GA Mar 15, 2016 $24,272
High Rise Window Cleaner DH Harrison Inc. GA Feb 15, 2014 $24,188
High Rise Window Cleaner DH Harrison Inc. GA Feb 15, 2013 $23,646
High Rise Window Cleaners Scottie's Building Services Inc. Apex, NC Mar 18, 2016 $23,541
High Rise Window Cleaners Scottie's Building Services Inc. NC Apr 01, 2014 $23,458
High Rise Window Cleaners Scottie's Building Services Inc. NC Mar 15, 2015 $23,207
Professional Window Cleaner Crystal Clear Cleaning, Inc. Bend, OR Apr 01, 2016 $21,914
Window Cleaners PMJ Enterprises, LLC MA Apr 01, 2013 $20,536
Cleaner, Window DH Harrison Inc. DBA SBS Enterprises GA Apr 01, 2012 $20,327
Cleaner, Window Cifarelli's Crystal Clear Cleaning Corp NY Apr 01, 2012 $18,950
High Rise Window Cleaners Scottie's Building Services Inc. NC Mar 15, 2013 $17,009
Cleaner, Window Scottie's Building Services Inc. NC Mar 15, 2012 $16,967
Cleaner, Window DH Harrison Inc. DBA SBS Enterprises GA Apr 01, 2011 $16,195
Window Cleaning SBS Window Cleaning Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Sep 05, 2008 $14,025
Window Cleaning SBS Window Cleaning Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Dec 07, 2010 $14,025
Window Cleaning SBS Window Cleaning Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Apr 10, 2009 $14,025
Window Cleaning SBS Window Cleaning Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Apr 09, 2009 $14,025
Window Cleaning SBS Window Cleaning Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Apr 03, 2009 $14,025

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Top Skills for A Window Cleaner

  1. Residential Windows
  2. Clean Bathrooms
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Administered efficient cleaning of interior and exterior residential windows and screens and commercial and retail windows.
  • Account acquisition and maintenance, customer service, residential and commercial window cleaning
  • Clean windows, glass partitions, mirrors, and other glass surfaces of residential and commercial interior or exterior properties.
  • Assisted with educating new employees on safety procedures, equipment operation and window cleaning processes.
  • Set up Ladders And prepare material- Power Wash Windows- Clean windows- Clean Job site and load equipment in truck

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Top 10 Best States for Window Cleaners

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Maine
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Washington
  8. Vermont
  9. New York
  10. Hawaii
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Window Cleaner Demographics

Gender

Male

80.1%

Female

10.1%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

9.1%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.3%

Portuguese

7.3%

French

7.3%

Russian

3.6%

Nepali

1.8%

Chinese

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Amharic

1.8%

Hopi

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Polish

1.8%
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Window Cleaner Education

Schools

The Academy

8.0%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Universal Technical Institute

6.3%

Oakland Community College

6.3%

Front Range Community College

6.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

6.3%

Brigham Young University

5.4%

Clark College

5.4%

Modesto Junior College

5.4%

College of the Desert

4.5%

Kent State University

4.5%

College of DuPage

4.5%

Utah State University

4.5%

ECPI University

3.6%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.6%

Forest Park Hospital

3.6%

Glendale Community College

3.6%

Utah Valley University

3.6%

Metropolitan Community College

3.6%

West Virginia University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

22.0%

Criminal Justice

10.2%

General Studies

7.2%

Automotive Technology

6.9%

Psychology

4.7%

Computer Science

4.2%

Kinesiology

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Liberal Arts

3.9%

Accounting

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Nursing

3.3%

Communication

3.3%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Photography

2.5%

Management

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

44.3%

Bachelors

23.9%

Associate

18.0%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.1%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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