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Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers

Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers
Quick Facts : Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers*
2010 Median Pay$19,540
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012225,200
Job Outlook1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change1,600

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers clean clothing, linens, drapes, and other articles, using washing, drying, and dry-cleaning machines. They also may clean leather, suede, furs, and rugs. They adjust machine settings for a given fabric or article, as determined by the cleaning instructions on each item of clothing.

What Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers Do

  • Inspect articles for stains and fabrics that require special care
  • Sort articles to be cleaned by fabric type, color, and cleaning technique
  • Add detergent, bleach, and other chemicals to laundry and dry-cleaning machines
  • Remove, sort, and hang clothing and other articles after they are removed from the machines
  • Clean and maintain laundry and dry-cleaning machines

Work Environment

Most work for laundry and dry-cleaning services, healthcare facilities, or hotels and motels. Most workers are employed full time, but 23 percent work part time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of laundry and dry-cleaning workers is expected to experience little or no change, growing 1 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, it may be slowed as consumers continue to choose clothing and other articles that can be cleaned at home.
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The average hourly wage of laundry and dry-cleaning workers was $9.40 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Laundry and Dry-cleaning Workers

Most laundry and dry-cleaning workers have a high school diploma or less. Some choose to take classes in cleaning techniques or sewing, even though most employers do not require this.
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