Average Janitor Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


Yeah, it can be a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it (and get paid for it)! Janitors and janitorial custodians are building maintenance professionals who keep offices, businesses, schools and stores clean. Sure, cleaning up spilled glitter in an elementary school art class isn’t glamorous, but janitorial staff members provide a vital function. Without these unsung heroes, we would:

  • Work amid drifts of dust bunnies

  • Shop in stores where the spills on aisle five were never cleaned and

  • Send our kids to schools full of overflowing trash cans and unbuffed halls

Example janitor job description

Our company is looking for a full-time janitor to work in multiple buildings on our property. As a janitor, your job duties will include a variety of maintenance and cleaning duties to keep the buildings looking their absolute best. You should be familiar with different types of cleaning equipment. To work well in this role, you should have cleaning experience and basic maintenance knowledge for minor building repairs.

Typical duties include:

  • Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and buffing floors

  • Ensure lobbies, restrooms and break rooms are cared for and clean

  • Help maintain the exterior of the building by trimming shrubbery and managing snow removal

  • Empty trash as needed

  • Notify supervisor of any damages or repairs that need to be made

  • Check stock levels of all cleaning supplies and replace when necessary

  • Make minor repairs such as changing light bulbs

  • Strictly adhere to health and safety rules


  • High school diploma or GED

  • Professional, friendly attitude

  • Work well unsupervised

  • Good time management skills

  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds

  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and positive attitude

  • Hard worker

Common questions about janitor jobs

How much does a janitor make?

The average janitor makes about $12.50 an hour, but they can make more depending on the facility they’re responsible for.

What are the education requirements?

Janitors don’t have any specific formal education requirements. Most of their training is done on the job.

Career paths for janitors

A janitor can work their way up into a management role, supervising a maintenance staff. They can also work their way up into a facilities management job.

The future of janitors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of janitors is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations. 

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