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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.
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.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
Sprains, strains, tears
All other natures
Part of body affected
Multiple body parts
Source of injury or illness
Floors, walkways, ground surfaces
All other sources
Worker motion or position
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Fall on same level
Struck by object or equipment
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Struck against object or equipment
Slips, trips without fall
 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 work injuries totaled 45 for janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners during 2019, compared to 48 during 2018.
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