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There’s a wide pay scale within this industry. A janitor’s median salary was $22,320 in 2012. But the best-paid made about $37,790, and the lowest-paid garnered only $16,820. Sanitation workers employed by the postal service, rail transportation and natural gas distribution industries secured the top salaries, as did those who live in the metropolitan areas of Danbury, Conn., New York City, and Barnstable Town, Mass.

Job Salary Year
2004 $18,030.00
2006 $19,270.00
2008 $20,820.00
2010 $22,010.00
2012 $24,850.00

Average Janitor Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Maids and janitors have some overlapping duties, but the later occupation is more lucrative. In 2012, the average salary for a maid, $21,820, was roughly $3,000 less than that of a janitor ($24,850). Other social services workers tend to earn considerably more. For example, maintenance workers have an average salary of $37,190, and landscapers earn $25,870.

Job Name Salary
Maintenance and Repair Worker $35,210.00
Security Guard $23,970.00
Landscaper and Groundskeeper $23,570.00
Hairdresser $22,700.00
Janitor $22,320.00
Maid and Housekeeper $19,570.00

Best Paying Cities for Janitors

The highest paid in the janitor profession work in the metropolitan areas of Danbury, Conn., New York City, and Barnstable Town, Mass. The Brockton, Mass. area also pays well, as does the city of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Danbury, Conn.

Average Salary: $35,290 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a janitor working in Danbury, Conn. is $35,290, which is $12,970 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $32,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a janitor working in New York City is $32,050, which is $9,730 more than the average pay in the profession.

Barnstable Town, Mass.

Average Salary: $31,940 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a janitor working in Barnstable Town, Mass. is $31,940, which is $9,620 more than the average pay in the profession.

Brockton, Mass.

Average Salary: $31,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a janitor working in Brockton, Mass. is $31,850, which is $9,530 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Average Salary: $31,540 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a janitor working in Fairbanks, Alaska is $31,540, which is $9,220 more than the average pay in the profession.

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