We humans make big messes all over the place — restaurants, offices, public restrooms and schools. Janitors do the dirty work to make it all sparkly and clean again, only for us to trash it all again the next day.
Surely, janitors don’t get nearly enough credit, much less enough money, for all their hard work. But how much, or little, do these folks get paid?
Nationally, janitors and cleaners earn an average of $28,950 per year as of 2018, the latest year for which data is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
From state to state, though, those figures can vary. In the top-ranked state for janitor and cleaner wages, the average worker earns about $13,500 more each year than in the lowest-ranked state.
Read on to see where pay for janitors and cleaners in your state ranks compared with other states, and how many full- and part-time workers are employed in those jobs there.
This group excludes maids and housekeeping cleaners. These salaries are for workers who do heavy cleanup in buildings — cleaning floors and shampooing carpet, washing walls and glass and picking up trash. They may also have maintenance duties, from tending furnaces and boilers to clearing sidewalks of snow and debris.