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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
213,350 1.3 % $11.77 $24,480 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.71 $9.68 $11.16 $12.99 $15.64
Annual Wage (2) $18,120 $20,130 $23,210 $27,010 $32,530


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 113,180 38.37 $11.42 $23,750
Traveler Accommodation 36,200 1.81 $11.98 $24,920
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 21,540 1.34 $11.50 $23,910
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 8,490 0.40 $12.26 $25,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,410 0.13 $13.70 $28,500

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 113,180 38.37 $11.42 $23,750
Traveler Accommodation 36,200 1.81 $11.98 $24,920
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 21,540 1.34 $11.50 $23,910
Facilities Support Services 2,020 1.30 $11.24 $23,380
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 2,650 0.77 $11.87 $24,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,080 0.05 $17.84 $37,110
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,370 0.06 $17.00 $35,370
Spectator Sports (8) (8) $15.66 $32,580
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 30 0.05 $15.51 $32,260
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $14.57 $30,310


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 17,370 1.02 0.69 $13.75 $28,600
Florida 16,810 1.95 1.32 $10.93 $22,740
New York 15,980 1.70 1.16 $12.79 $26,610
Texas 14,130 1.17 0.79 $11.25 $23,400
Illinois 8,510 1.42 0.96 $11.60 $24,140




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)
Nevada 4,510 3.35 2.27 $11.90 $24,750
Hawaii 1,760 2.74 1.86 $15.32 $31,870
Rhode Island 1,130 2.34 1.59 $13.50 $28,090
Wyoming 620 2.30 1.56 $11.51 $23,940
Louisiana 4,260 2.23 1.51 $10.91 $22,690




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 600 0.84 0.57 $17.73 $36,870
Hawaii 1,760 2.74 1.86 $15.32 $31,870
Alaska 410 1.32 0.89 $14.59 $30,340
Washington 3,130 0.96 0.65 $13.90 $28,910
California 17,370 1.02 0.69 $13.75 $28,600





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 18,150 1.91 1.30 $12.42 $25,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,770 1.11 0.75 $13.41 $27,890
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,990 1.29 0.87 $11.78 $24,500
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,220 2.02 1.37 $10.46 $21,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,020 1.60 1.09 $12.12 $25,210
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,920 1.42 0.96 $13.42 $27,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,880 1.45 0.98 $10.70 $22,270
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,860 3.07 2.08 $11.55 $24,030
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,720 3.77 2.56 $12.04 $25,050
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,580 1.26 0.85 $11.65 $24,220