Dry Cleaning and Laundry Workers


Dry Cleaning and Laundry Workers


Dry cleaning and laundry workers dry clean, wash, dry, and press clothing, linens, curtains, rugs, and other articles made from natural and synthetic fibers. This work is done for individuals, families, industries, hospitals, hotels, schools, and other institutions. In smaller laundries and dry cleaning plants, one worker may perform several different tasks. In larger plants, however, a worker usually performs only one job in the cleaning process. Some dry cleaning and laundry workers specialize in one or two aspects of the process....

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



On-the-job training



Business Management


Personality Traits



Entry-level pay for dry cleaning and laundry workers is often not much more than minimum wage. The U.S. Department of Labor reported a median hourly wage of $11.16 for dry cleaning and laundry workers in May 2018. This hourly wage translates into a yearly income of roughly $23,210 for full-time work. Earnings ranged from less than $18,120 for the lowest 10 percent to more than $32,530 for the t...

Work Environment

Dry cleaning plants and laundries are clean, well-lit, and ventilated to remove fumes. The work is hot, however, even with adequate ventilation. Most laundry and dry cleaning workers are on their feet all day. In addition, lifting large bundles of clothing can be hard work.

Workers stand near machines whose noise and heat may be annoying. They may occasionally suffer burns from the hot e...


Little or no change in employment is expected for laundry and dry-cleaning workers from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. There will continue to be need for laundry workers in hotels, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as in cleaners and dry cleaning retail establishments. In the next 10 years, automation advances will cut the number of unskilled and semiskilled worker...