Janitors & building cleaners

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
2.38M
Average Age
45.3
Average Salary
$27,039
Average Male Salary
$30,378
Average Female Salary
$20,194

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Janitors & building cleaners and on wages and locations for those in the field. Services to buildings & dwellings (except cleaning during construction & immediately after construction) is the industry that employs the most Janitors & building cleaners, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Janitors & building cleaners, by average wage, is Pottery, ceramics, & plumbing fixture manufacturing . Janitors & building cleaners are paid most in LA City (Northeast/North Hollywood & Valley Village) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Concourse, Highbridge & Mount Eden PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$27,039
AVERAGE SALARY
± $422

In 2020, Janitors & building cleaners earned an average of $27,039, $28,915 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists make somewhat more than Janitors & building cleaners while Other grounds maintenance workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Janitors & building cleaners as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.403
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Janitors & building cleaners had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.403, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Janitors & building cleaners (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Janitors & building cleaners.

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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 Janitors & building cleaners.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Janitors & building cleaners, by average wage, are Pottery, ceramics, & plumbing fixture manufacturing , Miscellaneous petroleum & coal products, and Petroleum refining.

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Industries by Share

2.38M
2020 Workforce
± 37,583
−2.31%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 2.27%

The number of people employed as Janitors & building cleaners has been declining at a rate of −2.31%, from 2,437,949 people in 2019 to 2,381,639 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Janitors & building cleaners employed by various industries. Services to buildings & dwellings (except cleaning during construction & immediately after construction) employs the largest share of Janitors & building cleaners at  23.5%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 15% and Lessors of real estate, and offices of real estate agents and brokers with 4.67%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Janitors & building cleaners in the US. The average age of male Janitors & building cleaners in the workforce is 45.1 and of female Janitors & building cleaners is 45.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Janitors & building cleaners is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

1.6M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 30,896
781k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 21,636

67.2% of Janitors & building cleaners are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Janitors & building cleaners.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Janitors & building cleaners
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

46.1% of Janitors & building cleaners are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.9% of Janitors & building cleaners, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Janitors & building cleaners.

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Age by Sex

45.1
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.301
45.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.401

The median age of Janitors & building cleaners is 45.3, and Male employees are generally 0.648 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Janitors & building cleaners from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Janitors & building cleaners is Business but a relatively high number of Janitors & building cleaners hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Janitors & building cleaners from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Janitors & building cleaners need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Service Orientation, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Janitors & building cleaners need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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