Supervisors over the housekeeping department of any business are responsible for making sure the maids and janitors under their care are performing their duties properly. Supervisors schedule workers' hours and oversee routine cleaning tasks. They may also be responsible for hiring and firing employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a supervisor doesn't necessarily need a college education, but many supervisors do hold at least a bachelor's degree.
The 2009 Occupational Employment Statistics survey showed housekeeping supervisors across the country earning $17.88 an hour on an average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for an annual average of $37,180. The lowest 10 percent of wages for supervisors that year was $10.51 an hour or $21,860 annually, while the highest 10 percent was $27.29 an hour or $56,760.
Highest Paying States
The highest paid housekeeping supervisors worked in New York in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There, the hourly average was $22.37, or $46,530 a year. Supervisors in Rhode Island were paid $21.85 an hour or $45,440 a year, while those in Connecticut earned $21.26 an hour or $44,230 a year. Alaskan supervisors earned an average of $21.55 an hour or $44,820 a year, and those in Illinois earned $20.73 an hour or $43,110 a year.
Highest Paying Cities
The Nassau/Suffolk areas of New York state were the highest-paying for housekeeping supervisors in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Supervisors in these areas were averaging $25.45 an hour or $52,940 a year. Those working in Olympia, Washington earned $22.97 an hour or $47,780 a year, while those in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earned $21.56 an hour or $44,850 a year. Supervisors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also earned above the national average, at $20.20 an hour or $42,020 a year.
Highest Paying Industries
As of 2009, the top-paying industry for housekeeping supervisors was the federal government, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Housekeeping supervisors were earning an average of $36.01 an hour or $74,910 a year. Other high-paying industries included ambulatory services ($26.20 an hour), telecommunication business ($24.77 an hour), pest control services ($23.43 an hour), legal firms ($22.73 an hour) and insurance companies ($22.15 an hour).
2016 Salary Information for Janitors and Building Cleaners
Janitors and building cleaners earned a median annual salary of $24,190 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, janitors and building cleaners earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,384,600 people were employed in the U.S. as janitors and building cleaners.
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