Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
207,710 1.4 % $11.16 $23,210 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.45 $9.15 $10.34 $12.17 $15.12
Annual Wage (2) $17,580 $19,020 $21,510 $25,300 $31,460


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 110,640 36.76 $10.83 $22,530
Traveler Accommodation 32,910 1.71 $11.30 $23,510
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 22,410 1.37 $10.94 $22,750
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,310 0.15 $12.92 $26,880
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 7,520 0.36 $11.45 $23,820

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 110,640 36.76 $10.83 $22,530
Traveler Accommodation 32,910 1.71 $11.30 $23,510
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 22,410 1.37 $10.94 $22,750
Consumer Goods Rental 2,020 1.25 $11.01 $22,900
Facilities Support Services 1,740 1.17 $10.52 $21,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Furnishings Stores (8) (8) $17.33 $36,060
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,090 0.05 $17.28 $35,950
State Government (OES Designation) 1,560 0.07 $16.45 $34,210
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 340 0.13 $14.52 $30,190
Offices of Physicians 140 0.01 $13.94 $28,990


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)
Florida 18,970 2.31 1.56 $10.36 $21,560
California 18,580 1.16 0.79 $12.80 $26,620
New York 15,600 1.72 1.16 $11.69 $24,320
Texas 15,060 1.28 0.87 $10.55 $21,950
Illinois 9,540 1.62 1.09 $11.01 $22,900




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 3,770 2.97 2.00 $11.55 $24,030
Hawaii 1,710 2.70 1.83 $15.32 $31,870
South Dakota 1,020 2.44 1.65 $10.37 $21,570
Florida 18,970 2.31 1.56 $10.36 $21,560
Wyoming 630 2.30 1.55 $11.27 $23,430




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 400 0.56 0.38 $16.30 $33,890
Hawaii 1,710 2.70 1.83 $15.32 $31,870
Minnesota 3,030 1.08 0.73 $13.69 $28,470
Alaska 400 1.25 0.84 $13.53 $28,140
Washington 3,130 1.02 0.69 $13.05 $27,150





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 12,680 1.93 1.30 $11.68 $24,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,310 1.50 1.01 $12.01 $24,980
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 6,000 1.65 1.11 $11.25 $23,400
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 4,090 1.60 1.08 $10.46 $21,760
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 4,000 3.42 2.31 $10.84 $22,540
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,640 1.88 1.27 $11.98 $24,910
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,420 1.17 0.79 $10.21 $21,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,310 1.33 0.90 $11.32 $23,550
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,130 2.78 1.88 $9.93 $20,660
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,030 3.24 2.19 $11.91 $24,780