Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupation Profiles


The Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance occupation profiles below include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 4,429,870 employed Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations group earning the mean annual income of $24,370.

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What's Hot: It appears that trees and pests dominate the focus of the top paying positions in the Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance group with “Managers of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Grounds-keeping Workers” (averaging $42,990) topping the list and “Tree Trimmers and Pruners” ($31,450) and “Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers and Applicators, Vegetation” ($31,210) coming in at third and fourth, respectively. The runner-up on the Best Paid list: “First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers” (averaging $36,310).

What's Not: The cleaning services certainly do not ‘clean up’ financially as “Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners” ($20,290), “Janitors & Cleaners (excluding Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners)” (a large group with 2,145,320 employees averaging $23,500) and “Landscaping and Grounds-keeping Workers” ($24,860) heading up the Least Paid group.

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