|Quick Facts: Janitors and Building Cleaners|
|2012 Median Pay||
$22,320 per year
$10.73 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||2,324,000|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||12% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||280,000|
Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition.
Most janitors and building cleaners work indoors. However, some work outdoors part of the time, sweeping walkways, mowing lawns, and shoveling snow. Since office buildings are often cleaned while they are empty, many cleaners work evening hours. The work can be physically demanding and sometimes dirty and unpleasant.
Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Formal education is not required.
The median hourly wage for janitors and building cleaners was $10.73 in May 2012.
Employment of janitors and building cleaners is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many new jobs are expected in facilities related to health care, as this industry is expected to grow rapidly.
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