There are currently an estimated 2,384,600 janitors in the United States. The janitor job market is expected to grow by 9.9% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are janitors?

CareerExplorer rates janitors with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 242,900 janitors. That number is based on 236,600 additional janitors, and the retirement of 6,300 existing janitors.

Are janitors in demand?

Favourable job prospects are predicted for janitors, as more apartment buildings, office complexes, schools, factories, hospitals, hotels, and other structures are built to support an increasing population and growing economy. The rapidly expanding healthcare industry will demand many new positions, especially in residential care facilities for the elderly. A large number of jobs will be available with cleaning and janitorial contractors that service multiple kinds of properties. Although better cleaning supplies and the use of teams of cleaners have led to productivity improvements in the industry, janitorial work remains very labor-intensive. In addition, there is a consistent need to replace the many workers who leave or retire from this very large occupation, which generally offers part-time or temporary employment, low pay, and limited promotion potential. These factors, combined with the fact that the cleanliness of buildings is a public health concern, ensure that jobs in the field will continue to be available.

What’s the supply of janitors?

The janitor industry is concentrated in California, New York, Texas

Janitor job market by state

State Name Employed Janitors
California 227,050
New York 193,940
Texas 164,450
Florida 125,700
Pennsylvania 89,920
Illinois 87,920
Ohio 83,560
New Jersey 66,110
Virginia 64,830
Michigan 58,480
North Carolina 55,330
Georgia 55,160
Massachusetts 54,960
Minnesota 45,680
Indiana 45,000
Washington 44,680
Wisconsin 43,530
Maryland 41,410
Missouri 40,950
Tennessee 36,580
Colorado 35,880
Arizona 35,400
South Carolina 31,590
Alabama 30,860
Connecticut 30,770
Nevada 29,310
Puerto Rico 28,640
Louisiana 27,740
Kentucky 25,610
Iowa 24,740
Oregon 23,930
Utah 21,860
Oklahoma 20,510
Kansas 20,110
Mississippi 16,940
Arkansas 16,320
District of Columbia 15,790
Nebraska 14,430
Hawaii 12,910
New Mexico 11,920
Maine 10,860
Idaho 10,020
New Hampshire 9,510
South Dakota 8,480
West Virginia 8,420
Delaware 8,380
Montana 7,620
Rhode Island 6,900
North Dakota 6,480
Alaska 5,880
Wyoming 4,850
Vermont 4,770
Guam 1,150
Virgin Islands, U.S. 910