Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, fine linens, rugs, and carpets. Include spotters and dyers of these articles.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
217,360 1.5 % $8.66 $18,010 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.04 $7.00 $8.16 $9.90 $12.07
Annual Wage (2) $12,560 $14,550 $16,970 $20,600 $25,110

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Drycleaning and laundry services 104,320 $8.27 $17,200
Nursing care facilities 34,120 $8.40 $17,480
Traveler accommodation 31,130 $8.60 $17,890
General medical and surgical hospitals 15,550 $9.53 $19,810
Services to buildings and dwellings 8,960 $11.67 $24,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 380 $16.47 $34,250
Home furnishings stores (7) $14.15 $29,440
Services to buildings and dwellings 8,960 $11.67 $24,270
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 840 $10.54 $21,920
Apparel knitting mills 180 $10.52 $21,890

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Rhode Island 1,500 $8.57 $17,830 0.314%
Hawaii 1,640 $10.86 $22,590 0.294%
Louisiana 5,350 $7.44 $15,470 0.289%
Wyoming 640 $8.18 $17,010 0.266%
South Dakota 940 $8.02 $16,680 0.258%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Colorado 4,360 $11.39 $23,690 0.208%
Hawaii 1,640 $10.86 $22,590 0.294%
Connecticut 3,010 $10.49 $21,810 0.184%
Minnesota 4,360 $10.48 $21,800 0.168%
New York 12,340 $10.39 $21,620 0.150%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Pittsfield, MA MSA 200 $8.59 $17,860 0.476%
Brockton, MA PMSA 430 $8.84 $18,380 0.438%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 270 $8.27 $17,200 0.421%
Springfield, IL MSA 450 $8.61 $17,920 0.419%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 1,220 $7.34 $15,260 0.416%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nashua, NH PMSA 70 $15.34 $31,920 0.075%
Denver, CO PMSA 2,390 $12.92 $26,880 0.213%
New York, NY PMSA 5,620 $12.14 $25,260 0.142%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA (7) $11.85 $24,650 (7)
Rochester, MN MSA 150 $11.62 $24,180 0.152%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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