Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
199,330 1.3 % $10.66 $22,170 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.13 $8.72 $9.77 $11.72 $14.67
Annual Wage (2) $16,910 $18,140 $20,320 $24,370 $30,520


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 106,440 35.40 $10.30 $21,430
Traveler Accommodation 30,240 1.63 $10.82 $22,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 26,040 1.57 $10.51 $21,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,430 0.18 $12.29 $25,550
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 5,480 0.65 $10.45 $21,740

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 106,440 35.40 $10.30 $21,430
Traveler Accommodation 30,240 1.63 $10.82 $22,500
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 26,040 1.57 $10.51 $21,850
Consumer Goods Rental 1,390 0.86 $10.40 $21,640
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 5,480 0.65 $10.45 $21,740

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) 1,080 0.05 $17.03 $35,420
State Government (OES Designation) 1,670 0.08 $15.33 $31,890
Home Furnishings Stores (8) (8) $15.06 $31,310
Offices of Physicians 170 0.01 $13.20 $27,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.11 $13.00 $27,040


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 18,520 1.22 0.83 $11.60 $24,120
Florida 15,310 2.00 1.35 $9.96 $20,720
New York 15,170 1.72 1.17 $11.08 $23,040
Texas 13,890 1.24 0.84 $10.00 $20,790
Illinois 10,010 1.74 1.18 $11.09 $23,070



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)
Hawaii 1,930 3.15 2.14 $14.36 $29,870
Nevada 2,810 2.36 1.60 $11.01 $22,890
South Dakota 950 2.32 1.57 $9.79 $20,350
North Dakota 880 2.00 1.35 $11.84 $24,630
Florida 15,310 2.00 1.35 $9.96 $20,720



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 590 0.88 0.60 $15.13 $31,470
Hawaii 1,930 3.15 2.14 $14.36 $29,870
Alaska 430 1.34 0.91 $13.71 $28,520
Minnesota 3,150 1.15 0.78 $13.25 $27,560
Washington 3,060 1.06 0.72 $12.43 $25,850




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 10,070 1.87 1.27 $11.53 $23,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,890 1.84 1.24 $11.36 $23,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,910 1.46 0.99 $10.83 $22,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,620 1.52 1.03 $10.15 $21,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,350 1.41 0.95 $11.48 $23,880
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,180 1.12 0.76 $9.71 $20,200
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,970 2.75 1.87 $9.96 $20,720
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,860 2.26 1.53 $11.43 $23,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,850 1.59 1.08 $11.42 $23,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,610 1.40 0.95 $11.43 $23,770