Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
204,820 1.4 % $10.21 $21,230 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.71 $8.40 $9.40 $11.33 $14.07
Annual Wage (2) $16,040 $17,470 $19,540 $23,570 $29,270


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 104,410 34.13 $9.90 $20,590
Nursing Care Facilities 30,910 1.87 $9.99 $20,780
Traveler Accommodation 29,160 1.74 $10.00 $20,810
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,610 0.23 $11.51 $23,950
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 5,750 0.78 $10.08 $20,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 104,410 34.13 $9.90 $20,590
Nursing Care Facilities 30,910 1.87 $9.99 $20,780
Traveler Accommodation 29,160 1.74 $10.00 $20,810
Consumer Goods Rental 1,610 0.79 $10.02 $20,840
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly 5,750 0.78 $10.08 $20,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,140 0.06 $16.91 $35,170
State Government (OES Designation) 1,610 0.07 $14.26 $29,660
Home Furnishings Stores 90 0.04 $12.34 $25,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 340 0.01 $12.23 $25,450
Offices of Physicians 200 0.01 $12.16 $25,280


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,470 1.39 0.86 $10.28 $21,390
Texas 17,970 1.78 1.11 $9.34 $19,420
New York 16,580 1.99 1.23 $11.22 $23,340
Florida 13,070 1.84 1.14 $9.46 $19,680
Illinois 8,650 1.56 0.97 $10.64 $22,120




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 3,010 2.71 1.68 $10.56 $21,960
Hawaii 1,510 2.64 1.64 $14.79 $30,750
South Dakota 990 2.56 1.59 $9.57 $19,900
Idaho 1,520 2.56 1.59 $11.99 $24,940
Rhode Island 980 2.19 1.36 $11.77 $24,490




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,510 2.64 1.64 $14.79 $30,750
District of Columbia 590 0.92 0.57 $13.49 $28,060
Connecticut 1,840 1.15 0.72 $12.86 $26,740
Alaska 310 1.02 0.63 $12.60 $26,210
Idaho 1,520 2.56 1.59 $11.99 $24,940

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,850 1.98 1.23 $11.55 $24,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 8,330 2.18 1.36 $9.93 $20,650
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,240 1.48 0.92 $10.99 $22,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,250 1.70 1.06 $8.99 $18,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,440 1.57 0.97 $9.60 $19,960
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 3,340 2.78 1.72 $11.04 $22,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,280 1.43 0.89 $10.88 $22,630
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,960 1.48 0.92 $9.16 $19,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,890 1.72 1.07 $9.97 $20,750
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,680 1.62 1.00 $11.66 $24,260




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 560 5.20 3.23 $8.80 $18,290
Wichita Falls, TX 260 4.72 2.93 $9.44 $19,630
New Bedford, MA 270 4.42 2.74 $9.68 $20,140
Great Falls, MT 150 4.36 2.70 $8.51 $17,690
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 240 4.32 2.68 $10.16 $21,130
Lima, OH 200 3.98 2.47 $9.14 $19,010
Odessa, TX 210 3.75 2.33 $9.24 $19,220
Pine Bluff, AR 130 3.73 2.31 $9.41 $19,570
Columbia, MO 300 3.62 2.25 $9.44 $19,630
Dover, DE 200 3.42 2.12 $9.29 $19,320