Laundry & drycleaning workers

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Total Workforce

166k

Average Age

44.3

Estimated Job Growth

-0.227%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$21,349

Average Male Salary

$26,959

Average Female Salary

$18,740

About

Laundry & drycleaning workers are most often employed by the Drycleaning & laundry services industry. The average yearly wage for Laundry & drycleaning workers was $21,349 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Laundry & drycleaning workers by wage are Helpersproduction workers, Models, demonstrators, & product promoters, and Embalmers & funeral attendants.

Laundry & drycleaning workers are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Laundry & drycleaning workers are Anaheim City (East) PUMA, CA, Orlando City (South Central), Conway & Pine Castle PUMA, FL, and Whitney, Sunrise Manor (South) & Paradise (Northeast) PUMA, NV. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Laundry & drycleaning workers are Las Vegas City (Southeast) PUMA, NV, Buffalo City (East) PUMA, NY, and Orlando City (South Central), Conway & Pine Castle PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Laundry & drycleaning workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Drycleaning & laundry services is the industry that employs the most Laundry & drycleaning workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Laundry & drycleaning workers, by average wage, is Services to buildings & dwellings (except cleaning during construction & immediately after construction). Laundry & drycleaning workers are paid most in Polk County (Northeast) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Las Vegas City (Southeast) PUMA, NV.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$21,349

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,797

In 2017, Laundry & drycleaning workers earned an average of $21,349, $30,716 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Embalmers & funeral attendants make somewhat more than Laundry & drycleaning workers while Helpersproduction workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Laundry & drycleaning workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.383

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Laundry & drycleaning workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.383, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Laundry & drycleaning workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Laundry & drycleaning workers, by number of employees, are Drycleaning & laundry services, Traveler accommodation, and Nursing Care Facilities.

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Industries by Share

166k

2017 Workforce

± 9,987

-8.57%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.12%

The number of people employed as Laundry & drycleaning workers has been declining at a rate of -8.57%, from 181,182 people in 2016 to 165,646 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Laundry & drycleaning workers employed by various industries. Drycleaning & laundry services employs the largest share of Laundry & drycleaning workers at  43.6%, followed by Traveler accommodation with 15.1% and Nursing Care Facilities with 13.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Laundry & drycleaning workers in the US. The average age of male Laundry & drycleaning workers in the workforce is 41.7 and of female Laundry & drycleaning workers is 45.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Laundry & drycleaning workers is White.

Gender Composition

52.6k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,629

113k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 8,252

68.3% of Laundry & drycleaning workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Laundry & drycleaning workers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

55.3% of Laundry & drycleaning workers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.3% of Laundry & drycleaning workers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Age by Gender

41.7

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.56

45.6

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.05

The median age of Laundry & drycleaning workers is 44.3, and Male employees are generally 3.94 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Laundry & drycleaning workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Laundry & drycleaning workers is Business but a relatively high number of Laundry & drycleaning workers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Laundry & drycleaning workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Laundry & drycleaning workers need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Critical Thinking, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Laundry & drycleaning workers need more than the average amount of Troubleshooting, Operation and Control, and Operation Monitoring.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Laundry & drycleaning workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Laundry & drycleaning workers are expected to see a growth of -0.227% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

-0.227%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Laundry & drycleaning workers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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