Janitors and Cleaners
(Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners)

2.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $14.31 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 83% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' job openings is expected to rise 3.7% by 2031
'Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' was $29,760, or $14.31 hourly
'Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' are paid 35.0% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners?

As of 2021 there were 2,036,680 people employed as Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners within the United States.
This represents around 1.45% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 69 people are employed as Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

Job description

Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

SOC Code: 37-2011.00


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Max Dragonard (Highly likely) says
Perfect job for a robot.
Nov 04, 2021 at 06:19 PM
Experienced Cleaner (No chance) says
No matter how sophisticated the AI and software, plus the sensing technology a robot has, it will still require humans to train, service, and operate it. Its interface will have to be simplified enough to where its operator can program and run it, while focusing on the less predictable aspects of the cleaning work. AI and automation will only reduce the turnover rate and increase wages in this occupation.
May 28, 2021 at 09:53 PM
Ben (Could go either way) says
Addressing Peter's comment that states robots and artificial intelligence cannot be made to cope with the unpredictability of dealing with people.

I am currently writing this comment using an artificial intelligence aid. It is called Grammarly. I write rather well on my own, the help though is appreciated. It can improvise upon what I'm going to write.

Does this mean it reads my mind? No, it uses algorithms to prognosticate what is coming based upon my previous writing. From that, it can then access other algorithms that study grammatical rules and policies. That allows it to use an algorithm to assist my writing by editing.

My point being case variables in programmatic instructions can be defined so as to "follow" and "cope" with people. I work as a custodian presently for our county's public schools, which we have from pre-school to grade twelve. Children are the most unpredictable of all humans.

I can easily see how timing schedules, sensors, algorithms could all be put in place to cut my workload by two-thirds, or more. My work can be greatly automated. Still, there would need to be technicians both to repair the physical and mechanical aspects and to repair the computing code at times. So I say it could go either way.
Apr 10, 2021 at 04:04 PM
Ron Leffers says
there will less people working with robots but more people doing other things
Jun 05, 2020 at 03:28 PM
Jayden (Highly likely) says
We’ve already got little cleaning technology and I think it would be good to have robots that would just do this
Mar 08, 2020 at 09:46 AM
Peter (Small chance) says
This job deal with people and unpredictable action of people make difficult to created AI capable do do it. That was reason why was stopped it development. Job my be changed from actual cleaning to preparing area for robots.
Oct 15, 2019 at 09:15 AM

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