Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

3.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $13.63 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 97% (You are doomed)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Manual Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers' job openings is expected to rise 11.9% by 2031
'Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers' is expected to be a very fast 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 'Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers' was $28,350, or $13.63 hourly
'Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers' are paid 38.0% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as laundry and dry-cleaning workers?

As of 2021 there were 157,400 people employed as Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers within the United States.
This represents around 0.11% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 895 people are employed as Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 51-6011.00


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Janko (Small chance) says
well, before the process of cleaning, the garments are inspected for damages, stains (by sight, touch, smell), composition (materials).

Then, pre-spotting is done, sorting (which cleaning process should be taken), cleaning.

Also ironing - some fine touch skills of the operators are needed.

I can only see robots in large laundries, where the garments are pre-defined, large quantities of same model and material (like in hospital or hotel)
Oct 20, 2019 at 10:33 PM

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