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
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Janitor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$1,250 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $1K
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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 III
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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
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
13 Jan 2022

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

Velociti Services
Janitor, Custodian, Porter
1 Feb 2023

“They have really good accounts and some of the people you work with are great.”

6 Mar 2023

“They really do have a flexible working work and allow you to choose how you want to achieve your end goals”

Grosvenor CasinosGrosvenor Casinos
24 Oct 2022

“Loved working at the casino it was nice place to work at Loved seeing all the customers and it being busy”

21 Jun 2021

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

Shaun International
31 Oct 2020

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

Swanstaff RecruitmentSwanstaff Recruitment
3 Jul 2022

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

30 Nov 2021

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

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Janitor Interviews

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.

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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.

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