|Quick Facts: Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$19,930 per year
$9.58 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||210,700|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||10% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||20,500|
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers clean clothing, linens, drapes, and other articles, using washing, drying, and dry-cleaning machines. They also may clean leather, suede, furs, and rugs.
Most work for laundry and dry-cleaning services, healthcare facilities, or hotels and motels. Most workers are employed full time, but about 1 in 5 worked part time in 2012.
There are no formal education requirements to become a laundry or dry-cleaning worker. Most workers are trained on the job.
The median hourly wage for laundry and dry-cleaning workers was $9.58 in May 2012.
Employment of laundry and dry-cleaning workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. However, employment growth may be slowed as consumers purchase clothing and other articles that can be cleaned at home.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of laundry and dry-cleaning workers with similar occupations.
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