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Employment in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 279,500 new jobs. More workers will be needed to keep up with increasing demand for lawn care, landscaping, and cleaning services from large institutions, including universities and corporate campuses. Many aging or busy homeowners also require these services to help maintain their properties.

The median annual wage for building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations was $29,940 in May 2020, which was lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for building and grounds cleaning occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.

  OCCUPATION JOB SUMMARY ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION Help 2020 MEDIAN PAY Help
Grounds maintenance workers Grounds Maintenance Workers

Grounds maintenance workers ensure that the grounds of houses, businesses, and parks are attractive, orderly, and healthy.

See How to Become One $32,220
Janitors and building cleaners Janitors and Building Cleaners

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

No formal educational credential $29,080
Pest control workers Pest Control Workers

Pest control workers remove unwanted pests that infest buildings and surrounding areas.

High school diploma or equivalent $37,820

Last Modified Date: Friday, May 14, 2021