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Distinct Groups (10):
Employment: 4,426,090
Mean Hourly Wage: $13.47
Mean Annual Wage: $28,010
Largest Employment Category—Janitors and Cleaners--2,161,740
Smallest Employment CategoryGrounds Maintenance Workers—15,170
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.


The Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 10 distinct occupational job types

Build your career in landscaping, facilities maintenance, janitorial services, or cleaning. Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. Discover job opportunities in building and grounds management. 

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,426,090 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $28,010. 

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance group’s mean hourly wage of $13.47, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $28,010. 

Did you know? The highest concentration of jobs in this occupation by metropolitan area is in  Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (89.14 per 1,000), followed by Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL (71.31), Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC  (70.03) and Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC (65.56). The actual number of jobs in those cities is not that that attractive (31,420 total), but the scenery certainly is.

 Highest Paid (in mean annual wage)

 Lowest Paid (from lowest)


For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members)  Annual Mean Wage 
1. First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, & Groundskeeping Workers (103,070) $48,790
2. First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers (161,140) $41,240
3. Tree Trimmers and Pruners (40,680) $37,310
4. Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation (25,230) $35,720
5. Pest Control Workers (72,830) $35,020
6. Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other (15,170) $32,930
7. Building Cleaning Workers, All Other (15,020) $30,960
8. Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers (906,570) $28,560
9. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners (2,161,740) $27,030
10. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners (924,640) $23,830


What's Hot

What’s Hot: It’s a jungle out there as landscaping dominates the focus of the top paying positions in the Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance group with First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds-keeping Workers” (MAW at $48,790) topping the list and Tree Trimmers and Pruners ($37,310) and Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers and Applicators, Vegetation ($35,720) coming in at third and fourth, respectively. The runner-up on the Best Paid list: First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers ($41,240).

What’s Not: The cleaning services certainly do not ‘clean up’ financially as Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners ($23,830), Janitors & Cleaners (excluding Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners) (a large group with 2,161,740 employees at $27,030) and Landscaping and Grounds-keeping Workers at $28,560 heading up the Least Paid group.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance occupational group are: 

California (478,570 workers)
Texas (331,910)
Florida (322,780)
New York (319,020)
Pennsylvania (172,110)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are: 

Nevada (57.77 per 1,000 jobs)
Hawaii (55.68)
Montana (44.16)
Wyoming (42.27)
South Dakota (40.18)

The top paying States for this occupation are below. New York, with the 4th largest number of workers (319,010) also has the 3rd highest annual mean wage ($33,660).  

Massachusetts ($35,290 annual mean wage)
Connecticut ($33,800)
New York  ($33,660)
Hawaii ($32,960)
Alaska ($32,490)