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Occupation Snapshot | Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, 2015-2019 | January 2021


Background

Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition.

As of May 2019, there were 2,145,450 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $14.43 and the average annual wage was $30,010.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 18,680 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 157.4.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

6,360

Soreness, pain

4,220

All other natures

2,210

Bruises, contusions

1,980

Fractures

1,530

Part of body affected

Back

2,980

Hand

2,150

Multiple body parts

1,840

Knee

1,740

Shoulder

1,570

Source of injury or illness

Floors, walkways, ground surfaces

5,040

All other sources

2,500

Worker motion or position

2,430

Containers

2,410

Vehicles

1,430

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Fall on same level

4,930

Struck by object or equipment

2,420

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

1,930

Struck against object or equipment

1,150

Slips, trips without fall

890

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 45 for janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners during 2019, compared to 48 during 2018.


Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: January 26, 2021