What does a Janitor do?

Janitors keep buildings such as schools, office spaces, hospitals, retail stores, and residential buildings clean and in good condition. Their primary responsibility is as a cleaner, but in many cases janitors also perform security and maintenance tasks. While most janitors work indoors, some work outdoors part of the time, for example removing snow or sweeping walkways.

A formal education is not required. Most janitors hold a high school degree. The work can be physically demanding and many janitors work evening hours because office buildings and schools are typically cleaned when they are empty.

What responsibilities are common for Janitor jobs?
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Clean and supply restrooms
  • Remove waste and empty trash
  • Maintain cleaning chart indicating areas that were cleaned and inspected
  • Replenish cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Organize janitorial storage areas
  • Notify supervisors about unsafe conditions or concerning the need for repairs or maintenance
What are the typical qualifications for Janitor jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures and to comply with policies
  • Ability to read and interpret written information; ability to write clear statements; ability to communicate orally
  • Must be able to do physical work and operate power equipment normally found in janitorial operations
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow schedules and keep commitments
  • Ability to follow directions from a supervisor
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism
  • Must be able to manage time efficiently and to work individually as well as within a team
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Janitor make?

Confident
$34,173 /yr
Total Pay
$32,552
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$1,622
 /yr

Additional Pay

$34,173

 / yr
$26K$45K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Janitor Career Path

Learn how to become a Janitor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Janitor
$34,173/yr
Janitor III
$38,235/yr
Lead Janitor
$36,818/yr
Janitor

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
27%
2 - 4
7%
5 - 7
0%
8+
66%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Janitor Insights

Read what Janitor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Gi GroupGi Group
Janitor/Cleaner
Jan 13, 2022

“I was a janitor but worked a job as a chef/caterer also which was very stressful and unpleasant.”

AmazonAmazon
SDM III
Jun 21, 2021

“Amazon is the best place to learn best practices in software development and also find your career path.”

Station CasinosStation Casinos
Bar Porter
Aug 18, 2020

“I really see them as a family and definately have formed great friendships in my time at Stations.”

Shaun International
Janitor/Cleaner
Oct 31, 2020

“I don't have to work long hours but I still get paid a decent amount.”

Swanstaff RecruitmentSwanstaff Recruitment
Cleaner
Jul 3, 2022

“Always offers great communication for any issues and/or if you want to change your role.”

AmazonAmazon
SE - III
Nov 30, 2021

“The perks are good although I feel the compensation is not as per the industry standards.”

The Cleaning AuthorityThe Cleaning Authority
House Cleaner
May 8, 2022

“The pay isn’t worth it because you’re not actually getting $15 an hour.”

Two Mamas Professional Cleaning Services
Cleaner
Jun 6, 2022

“You get to work with a great group of ladies and use company cars and even befriend some of the clients.”

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Janitor Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Janitor

When working as a Janitor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Positive Attitude, Strong WORK Ethic, English Language, Computer Literate, and Windows.

The most similar professions to Janitor are:
  • Housekeeper
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Forklift Operator
  • Packer

The most common qualifications to become a Janitor include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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$33,289
50% skills overlap
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$41,843
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