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.

  • 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
  • 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 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Janitor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$40,307 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$29K
Median: $40K
$57K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

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.

L2
Janitor
$40,307/yr
L3
Janitor III
$61,017/yr
L4
Lead Janitor
$40,791/yr
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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.”

MaidProMaidPro
Cleaner
Jul. 25, 2019

“Not something I cared to defend since it was such low pay and I needed to quit anyways.”

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.”

AmazonAmazon
SDM III
Jun. 21, 2021

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

Shaun International
Janitor/Cleaner
Oct. 31, 2020

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

BetMGMBetMGM
House Cleaner
Mar. 7, 2021

“Fun and money is good and tips”

inhouseITinhouseIT
House Cleaner
Jan. 27, 2021

“It was clean and nice to work”

Tradition Fine FoodsTradition Fine Foods
Sanitation Worker
Feb. 1, 2021

“Good place to work and good for bakery lovers”

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Janitor Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role 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 is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.