Janitorial supervisors oversee the cleaning operations of all sorts of buildings, from offices and schools to hotels. The job includes not just keeping facilities clean, but providing maintenance and repair work as well. Supervisors must be able to handle the organizational aspects of the job as well as pitch in with the cleaning and maintenance work when needed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics groups janitorial supervisors under the job category of first-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers The 171,960 people employed in this job as of May 2011 earned a mean annual wage of $37,760, or $18.16 an hour. The top 10 percent of earners made $58,350 a year or more, while the bottom 10 percent earned $22,040 a year or less.
Building services was by far the largest employer of janitorial supervisors as of May 2011, with 52,830 working in the field. The BLS reports that supervisors who worked for building services earned an average annual income of $36,220 a year on average. Those in the hotel industry earned $32,660. The third-largest employer of janitor supervisors was elementary and secondary schools, which hired 23,820 and paid them $42,230 on average.
The federal government offered by far the highest income for custodial supervisors, paying $75,470 a year on average, according to the BLS. But these jobs could be hard to come by, with only 290 supervisors employed by the federal government as of May 2011. Other high-paying industries for janitor supervisors employed even fewer that that. The second-best paying industry, control systems manufacturing, paid $53,450 a year on average but hired only 50 of these supervisors.
Pay by State:
As with many occupations, the states that hired the most janitorial service supervisors were also those with the largest populations. California ranked first, with 15,790 supervisors as of May 2011. It paid a mean annual wage of $41,570, the BLS said. New York ranked second in terms of the number of jobs and paid its 13,790 supervisors $48,560 on average. That figure also made New York the best-paying state for these workers. Massachusetts came in second in terms of pay, with its supervisors averaging $46,100 a year.