Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
209,350 1.2 % $11.43 $23,770 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $9.40 $10.75 $12.47 $15.31
Annual Wage (2) $17,830 $19,550 $22,370 $25,930 $31,840


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 111,050 37.06 $11.08 $23,050
Traveler Accommodation 34,060 1.74 $11.65 $24,240
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 21,500 1.33 $11.23 $23,350
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 8,470 0.40 $11.39 $23,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 7,890 0.14 $13.30 $27,670

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 111,050 37.06 $11.08 $23,050
Traveler Accommodation 34,060 1.74 $11.65 $24,240
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 21,500 1.33 $11.23 $23,350
Facilities Support Services 2,010 1.28 $10.78 $22,430
Rooming and Boarding Houses 110 0.96 $11.86 $24,660

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) 1,110 0.05 $17.51 $36,410
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,480 0.07 $16.74 $34,810
Home Furnishings Stores 50 0.02 $15.00 $31,190
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 310 0.12 $14.81 $30,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 310 0.01 $14.03 $29,180


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)
Florida 18,420 2.19 1.49 $10.66 $22,160
California 17,670 1.06 0.72 $13.10 $27,250
Texas 15,380 1.29 0.88 $10.96 $22,800
New York 15,310 1.66 1.13 $12.29 $25,560
Illinois 8,670 1.46 1.00 $10.92 $22,710




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 4,470 3.41 2.32 $11.76 $24,460
Rhode Island 1,160 2.45 1.66 $12.12 $25,210
South Dakota 990 2.37 1.61 $10.89 $22,660
Hawaii 1,480 2.34 1.60 $15.60 $32,440
Wyoming 600 2.23 1.52 $11.69 $24,310




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 480 0.68 0.46 $16.94 $35,230
Hawaii 1,480 2.34 1.60 $15.60 $32,440
Washington 2,880 0.90 0.62 $13.59 $28,260
Alaska 430 1.34 0.91 $13.44 $27,950
California 17,670 1.06 0.72 $13.10 $27,250



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 12,500 1.87 1.27 $12.28 $25,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,500 1.24 0.85 $12.52 $26,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 5,280 1.44 0.98 $10.93 $22,740
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 3,840 3.18 2.16 $11.25 $23,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,760 1.49 1.02 $11.53 $23,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,740 1.28 0.87 $10.99 $22,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,670 1.40 0.96 $10.87 $22,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,610 1.82 1.24 $12.74 $26,510
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,570 3.71 2.53 $12.01 $24,980
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,260 2.86 1.95 $10.03 $20,860


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 340 5.14 3.50 $10.94 $22,760
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 370 4.93 3.36 $15.65 $32,560
Abilene, TX 260 4.03 2.74 $10.77 $22,400
Ocean City, NJ 160 4.01 2.73 $12.25 $25,470
Flagstaff, AZ 240 3.94 2.68 $11.33 $23,560
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 3,570 3.71 2.53 $12.01 $24,980
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 580 3.67 2.50 $9.52 $19,800
Dothan, AL 210 3.64 2.48 $9.44 $19,630
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 290 3.58 2.44 $12.73 $26,490
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 590 3.45 2.35 $13.43 $27,940