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Average Porter Salary Nationwide

Hourly salary range
By States
Range: $12.06/hr - $17.85/hr
Average Salary: $14.95/hr

Overview and Basic Information


If your nickname is Mr. or Ms. Clean, a porter job might be perfect! Porters do a bit of everything to help keep a business running smoothly.

The job is similar to custodians and janitors, but porters usually have extra duties. Their main job is to make sure the building they work in is neat, clean and safe. They’ll spend most days:

  • picking up trash

  • sweeping

  • mopping

  • vacuuming

  • using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors

  • cleaning and stocking bathrooms

  • making minor repairs

But they might also:

  • run errands for employees

  • deliver items

  • move stock

  • staff the building entrance

Example porter job description

We’re looking for a porter to serve as the first point of contact to assist our guests. Porter  responsibilities include carrying guests’ luggage, fixing minor issues (like changing light bulbs) and cleaning building areas, including entrances. To be successful in this role, you should be able to manage various tasks on a daily basis to ensure great customer service and help our operations run smoothly. This position requires shift work with occasional weekends and evenings. 

Typical duties include:

  • Clean all common areas including the lobby, kitchen and break room

  • Maintain building entryway including leaf and snow removal

  • Complete minor repairs and building improvements

  • Prepare conference rooms before and after meetings

  • Place safety hazard signs in the building (wet paint, wet floor, etc.) when required

  • Monitor, clean and restock washrooms

  • Respond to spills or other cleaning issues

  • Remove trash from main common rooms

  • Order cleaning supplies for facility maintenance


  • High school diploma or GED preferred

  • Must have valid driver's license

  • 1-2 years porter or custodial experience

  • Some mechanical skills desired

  • Able to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends

  • Must be reliable and professional

  • Good customer service skills

  • Good communication skills

Common questions about porter jobs

How much does a porter make?

The average porter makes about $12.25 an hour.  

What are the education requirements?

Porters don’t usually have specific educational requirements and most learn on the job. Familiarity with tools for basic repairs is definitely a plus.

Career paths for porters

Once they gain experience, a porter can be promoted to lead a team of building porters. They can also move into a job in facilities management. Facilities managers ensure that the workplace environment meets the needs of the people who work there.

The future of porters

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

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