What does a Janitor do?

Janitors keep buildings such as schools, office spaces, hospitals, retail stores, and residential buildings clean and in good condition. Their primary responsibility is as a cleaner, but in many cases janitors also perform security and maintenance tasks. While most janitors work indoors, some work outdoors part of the time, for example removing snow or sweeping walkways.

A formal education is not required. Most janitors hold a high school degree. The work can be physically demanding and many janitors work evening hours because office buildings and schools are typically cleaned when they are empty.

  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Clean and supply restrooms
  • Remove waste and empty trash
  • Maintain cleaning chart indicating areas that were cleaned and inspected
  • Replenish cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Organize janitorial storage areas
  • Notify supervisors about unsafe conditions or concerning the need for repairs or maintenance
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures and to comply with policies
  • Ability to read and interpret written information; ability to write clear statements; ability to communicate orally
  • Must be able to do physical work and operate power equipment normally found in janitorial operations
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow schedules and keep commitments
  • Ability to follow directions from a supervisor
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism
  • Must be able to manage time efficiently and to work individually as well as within a team
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Janitor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£19,799 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£18K
Median: £20K
£22K
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Janitor Career Path

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L2
Janitor
£19,799/yr
L3
Janitor III
£19,854/yr
L4
Lead Janitor
£19,854/yr
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Janitor Insights

Read what Janitor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
MaidProMaidPro
Cleaner
25 Jul 2019

“Not something I cared to defend since it was such low pay and I needed to quit anyways.”

AmazonAmazon
SDM III
21 Jun 2021

“Amazon is the best place to learn best practices in software development and also find your career path.”

ACPACP
Cleaner
12 Nov 2019

“It's a pretty good schedule for me because it fits with my second job schedule perfectly”

Perkins & WillPerkins & Will
Arch III
13 Jan 2021

“Good people with plenty of mentors willing to go out of their way to help advance your career.”

SPIESPIE
Cleaner
23 Feb 2021

“Fellow cleaners at our sight were nice and good to work with”

BetMGMBetMGM
House Cleaner
7 Mar 2021

“Fun and money is good and tips”

Tradition Fine FoodsTradition Fine Foods
Sanitation Worker
1 Feb 2021

“Good place to work and good for bakery lovers”

Chequers Contract Services
Cleaner
13 Jul 2021

“Good place to work and friendly”

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