Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
201,620 1.3 % $10.90 $22,660 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.30 $8.97 $10.01 $11.91 $14.88
Annual Wage (2) $17,260 $18,650 $20,820 $24,770 $30,950


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 106,780 35.48 $10.60 $22,050
Traveler Accommodation 31,210 1.65 $10.99 $22,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 24,340 1.47 $10.72 $22,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,900 0.17 $12.48 $25,960
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 6,170 0.30 $10.96 $22,790

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 106,780 35.48 $10.60 $22,050
Traveler Accommodation 31,210 1.65 $10.99 $22,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 24,340 1.47 $10.72 $22,290
Consumer Goods Rental 1,530 0.97 $10.84 $22,540
Facilities Support Services 1,010 0.70 $9.99 $20,770

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) 1,100 0.06 $17.20 $35,770
Home Furnishings Stores (8) (8) $16.09 $33,460
State Government (OES Designation) 1,570 0.07 $15.36 $31,950
Offices of Physicians 190 0.01 $13.39 $27,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.11 $13.33 $27,720


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 18,290 1.18 0.81 $12.19 $25,360
Florida 16,960 2.14 1.46 $10.10 $21,010
New York 15,270 1.70 1.16 $11.52 $23,970
Texas 14,620 1.26 0.86 $10.22 $21,270
Illinois 9,390 1.60 1.10 $10.88 $22,640



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 3,480 2.82 1.93 $11.15 $23,200
South Dakota 1,060 2.56 1.75 $10.17 $21,150
Hawaii 1,540 2.49 1.70 $15.78 $32,810
Florida 16,960 2.14 1.46 $10.10 $21,010
North Dakota 940 2.10 1.44 $11.97 $24,890



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,540 2.49 1.70 $15.78 $32,810
District of Columbia 530 0.79 0.54 $15.03 $31,250
Minnesota 2,890 1.04 0.71 $13.20 $27,450
Alaska 460 1.40 0.95 $13.19 $27,430
Washington 2,920 0.98 0.67 $12.87 $26,770




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 11,630 1.80 1.23 $11.71 $24,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,180 1.73 1.18 $11.20 $23,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,840 1.42 0.97 $11.56 $24,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,720 1.50 1.03 $10.68 $22,210
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,680 3.29 2.25 $10.22 $21,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,630 1.24 0.85 $9.92 $20,630
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,170 1.31 0.90 $11.40 $23,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,970 1.58 1.08 $10.76 $22,380
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,880 3.18 2.17 $11.37 $23,650
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 2,850 2.23 1.53 $11.80 $24,550