Is It Time to Hire a Janitorial Employee?

September 17, 2015


You used to handle the clean-up of your business by yourself as a cost-saving measure or made it part of your employees’ regular duties as your enterprise has grown. But your workers protest that they have too much to do and your customers complain about how dirty your public spaces have become. You’ve decided to solve the problem by hiring a full-time janitor. But do you know how much they really cost?

  • Janitors and cleaners average a mean $20,190 annually, or $9.71 hourly in the Houma and Thibodaux areas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level workers make under $16,080 per year or $7.73 per hour while top earners make over $26,730 yearly, or $12.85 hourly.

  • You’re going to have to manage these new employees and come up with cleaning procedures for them unless you hire a supervisor or two. In the area, cleaning supervisors average $27,590 annually or $13.26 hourly. Yearly pay ranges from $18,470 to $44,160, which is equivalent to an hourly range of $8.88 to $21.23.

  • Wages are only part of your cost. You must account for payroll taxes, vacations and benefits, which increases the expense of a worker by 25 to 40 percent, according to the MIT Sloan School of Management. That $20,190-a-year cleaner actually costs you from $25,237 to $28,266.

  • Don’t forget that you have to recruit, interview, and hire the right person. How much time and effort is that going to take?

  • Finally, don’t forget about the cost for covering for that employee when they are absent from work because your building still needs to be properly cleaned whether they are out due to illness, vacation, medical leave, etc. 

Spare yourself the hassle and expense of a full-time janitorial employee by ServiceMaster Quality Services. We can provide all the cleaning services you need. As your business grows, we grow with you.


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