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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
Industry profile for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
Geographic profile for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

National estimates for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
179,890 1.3 % $ 12.79 $ 26,600 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.20 $ 10.52 $ 12.24 $ 14.44 $ 16.98
Annual Wage (2) $ 19,130 $ 21,890 $ 25,470 $ 30,030 $ 35,310


Industry profile for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 91,230 35.83 $ 12.58 $ 26,170
Traveler Accommodation 28,960 1.91 $ 12.81 $ 26,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 20,500 1.34 $ 12.23 $ 25,440
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,830 0.12 $ 14.65 $ 30,460
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 6,650 0.31 $ 12.60 $ 26,200

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 91,230 35.83 $ 12.58 $ 26,170
Traveler Accommodation 28,960 1.91 $ 12.81 $ 26,630
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 20,500 1.34 $ 12.23 $ 25,440
Rooming and Boarding Houses 80 0.78 $ 12.69 $ 26,400
Facilities Support Services 1,180 0.73 $ 12.33 $ 25,640

Top paying industries for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,000 0.05 $ 18.67 $ 38,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,330 0.06 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
Other Personal Services (8) (8) $ 16.71 $ 34,750
Warehousing and Storage (8) (8) $ 16.27 $ 33,840
Outpatient Care Centers 70 0.01 $ 16.02 $ 33,330


Geographic profile for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 13,820 0.84 0.65 $ 15.72 $ 32,710
Florida 13,610 1.61 1.25 $ 11.69 $ 24,320
Texas 12,800 1.06 0.82 $ 11.96 $ 24,870
New York 12,550 1.44 1.12 $ 14.98 $ 31,160
Illinois 7,650 1.36 1.05 $ 12.86 $ 26,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,510 2.63 2.03 $ 15.82 $ 32,900
Rhode Island 1,130 2.54 1.96 $ 13.90 $ 28,900
Nevada 2,450 1.96 1.52 $ 12.57 $ 26,150
South Dakota 780 1.90 1.47 $ 11.95 $ 24,850
Montana 860 1.89 1.46 $ 12.62 $ 26,250




Top paying states for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 580 0.85 0.66 $ 17.64 $ 36,680
Washington 3,390 1.06 0.82 $ 15.87 $ 33,010
Hawaii 1,510 2.63 2.03 $ 15.82 $ 32,900
California 13,820 0.84 0.65 $ 15.72 $ 32,710
Alaska 510 1.72 1.33 $ 15.06 $ 31,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 13,110 1.48 1.15 $ 14.54 $ 30,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,750 0.99 0.76 $ 15.32 $ 31,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,510 1.26 0.98 $ 13.24 $ 27,540
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,160 1.66 1.28 $ 11.60 $ 24,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,400 1.31 1.01 $ 14.50 $ 30,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,300 1.09 0.85 $ 13.88 $ 28,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,150 1.20 0.92 $ 11.15 $ 23,180
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,040 0.85 0.66 $ 11.54 $ 23,990
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,930 2.46 1.90 $ 12.15 $ 25,260
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 2,410 1.36 1.05 $ 13.16 $ 27,380




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 360 5.38 4.16 $ 18.63 $ 38,750
Valdosta, GA 250 4.79 3.71 $ 10.52 $ 21,880
Enid, OK 100 4.25 3.29 $ 9.78 $ 20,350
Pueblo, CO 220 3.61 2.79 $ 12.78 $ 26,580
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 240 3.30 2.55 $ 12.44 $ 25,880
Farmington, NM 140 3.27 2.53 $ 10.58 $ 22,010
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 510 3.27 2.53 $ 10.83 $ 22,520
St. Cloud, MN 320 3.22 2.49 $ 15.55 $ 32,340
Rapid City, SD 200 3.22 2.49 $ 11.70 $ 24,330
Pine Bluff, AR 90 3.07 2.38 $ 11.34 $ 23,590