Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
197,650 1.2 % $10.46 $21,750 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.00 $8.63 $9.66 $11.56 $14.42
Annual Wage (2) $16,630 $17,960 $20,090 $24,050 $30,000


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 106,130 35.35 $10.05 $20,910
Traveler Accommodation 28,230 1.59 $10.58 $22,010
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 27,130 1.64 $10.38 $21,590
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 10,220 0.19 $12.00 $24,970
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly 5,360 0.66 $10.39 $21,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 106,130 35.35 $10.05 $20,910
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 27,130 1.64 $10.38 $21,590
Traveler Accommodation 28,230 1.59 $10.58 $22,010
Consumer Goods Rental 1,140 0.70 $10.38 $21,580
General Rental Centers 260 0.67 $11.27 $23,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $17.41 $36,220
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $16.99 $35,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,120 0.06 $16.95 $35,260
State Government (OES Designation) 1,650 0.08 $14.36 $29,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 420 0.01 $13.17 $27,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 18,320 1.24 0.84 $11.19 $23,280
New York 15,220 1.76 1.18 $10.94 $22,760
Florida 14,920 2.00 1.34 $9.90 $20,590
Texas 13,800 1.26 0.85 $9.79 $20,370
Illinois 10,470 1.83 1.23 $10.82 $22,500




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,730 2.87 1.93 $13.24 $27,530
Montana 940 2.15 1.44 $10.34 $21,510
North Dakota 900 2.12 1.42 $11.01 $22,900
South Dakota 820 2.05 1.37 $10.04 $20,880
Florida 14,920 2.00 1.34 $9.90 $20,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 710 1.07 0.72 $13.60 $28,280
Alaska 420 1.31 0.88 $13.29 $27,650
Hawaii 1,730 2.87 1.93 $13.24 $27,530
Connecticut 1,800 1.10 0.74 $12.58 $26,170
Minnesota 2,890 1.08 0.72 $12.24 $25,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 9,440 1.80 1.21 $11.37 $23,650
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 7,060 1.91 1.28 $10.93 $22,740
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,270 1.58 1.06 $10.73 $22,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,880 1.64 1.10 $11.38 $23,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 3,570 1.55 1.04 $10.04 $20,880
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 3,500 2.83 1.90 $11.14 $23,170
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,000 2.87 1.93 $9.95 $20,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,930 1.06 0.71 $9.67 $20,120
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,890 2.82 1.89 $10.35 $21,530
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,850 1.63 1.09 $11.27 $23,450