Janitor Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Janitor, or Cleaner, is responsible for maintaining a cleanly facility by completing a variety of cleaning tasks. Their duties include mopping and vacuuming floors, cleaning surfaces with disinfectant and emptying trash cans or recycling bins.

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Janitor duties and responsibilities

A Janitor is in charge of keeping the workplace clean, organized and disinfected. They usually have the following responsibilities:

  • Clean the interior of buildings including floors, carpet, rugs, windows and walls
  • Disinfect commonly used items like desks, door handles, office tools and phones
  • Maintain cleaning inventory, placing orders for new products when needed
  • Maintain outdoor grounds, cut grass and trim bushes
  • Remove debris and snow from sidewalks
  • Replace air filters and maintain HVAC systems
  • Empty trash and recycling bins

Janitor Job Description Examples:



  • Perform cleaning duties such as cleaning floors, restrooms, hallways, etc

  • Emptying trash, sweeping, and cleaning surfaces

  • Perform cleaning duties adhering to approved department cleaning procedures

  • Assist in cleaning rooms

  • Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition

  • Sweep, and clean restrooms

  • Loading/unloading dishwashers, cleaning counter tops, cleaning coffee and tea equipment, cleaning up caterings, cleaning conference rooms

  • Mopping, dusting, washing floors, vacuuming, cleaning windows

  • Empty and clean all trash receptacles

  • Mopping, scrubbing floors, vacuuming and spot cleaning carpets

  • Removing trash and sanitizing trash containers

  • Performing Housekeeping duties to include vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing, dust mopping and wet mopping floors, furniture dusting, cleaning and replenishing restrooms supplies

  • Making beds, cleaning bathrooms, dusting and vacuuming

  • Maintain yard equipment and cleaning supplies

  • Maintain company premises in a clean and orderly way by picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors

  • Use cleaning chemicals and equipment

  • Perform light dusting, window cleaning, vacuuming, and dishware cleaning

    Must be 18 years of age or older

    Pay is between $200-300/day

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Contract

    Salary: $200.00 to $300.00 /day

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

  • Commission

  • Bonuses

    Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

  • Fully Remote

  • On the road


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Work from home

  • Flexible schedule

    Employment Length:

  • 2 - 4 weeks

  • 1 - 3 months

  • 4 - 6 months

  • Varies

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A “Fair Chance” job (you or the employer follow Fair Chance hiring practices when performing background checks - learn more at [website]

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma

  • A job for which people with disabilities are encouraged to apply


  • Monday to Friday

  • No weekends

  • Weekends required

  • Holidays required

  • Day Night 8 hour 10 hour 12 hour Overnight shift
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    JOB Description:

    Janitors must understand customer service and keep assigned areas, such as office, commercial, industrial, or institutional building in clean and orderly condition. Work successfully with fellow employees & others. Understand and follow instructions, both verbal and written. Explain how to complete a task, understand instructions for task using basic communication skills.

    Principle Duties

  • Comply with safety rules, policies, and procedures. Stops at risk behavior of others and self.

  • Perform work assignments in a team with other employees.

  • Perform repetitive tasks.

  • Maintain clean work area.

  • Follow all company procedures, policies, and rules.

  • Take direction and respond to supervision.

  • Talk with lead, supervisor, co-workers, managers, and customers in a professional manner.

  • Fill in during staff shortage.

  • Support shift lead in completing punch-list items.

  • Use proper personal protective equipment.

  • Present a professional appearance and conduct.

  • Understand customer service and satisfaction.

  • Understand reporting systems, and of the environment.

    Examples of tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Edging

  • Dusting

  • Trashing

  • Restroom cleaning

  • Stock restrooms

  • Window cleaning

  • Clean ashtrays

  • Pick up trash

  • Wipe down sinks, partitions and stainless steel

  • Straighten areas, such as lobbies, conference rooms, locker rooms, & break rooms

  • Restock supply cabinet/room

  • Transport trash & waste to proper disposal areas

  • Clean window blinds

  • Clean draperies

  • Remove cobwebs


  • Must be a team player

  • Must be energetic, pleasant & professional

  • Strong communication skills

  • Understanding of customer service

  • No prior experience or training

  • Recognize and understand safety signs and building warning systems. Understand safety requirements, understand & meet company handbook expectations.

  • Ability to change tasks or assignments outside normal duties.

    Physical Demands:

    Must be able to understand one’s own physical limitations to the extent necessary to perform the necessary functions and tasks of the job. Stand 33%, Walk >66%, Sit < 10%. Use of hands to finger, handle, rub, grip, and feel < 66%. Reach above shoulders < 33%, Push/pull and grasp with hands and arms 33-50%, Climb or balance < 33%. Stoop, Kneel, Crouch, or Crawl < 33%. Frequently lift 0-10 lbs carry 1-3 feet. Occasionally lift 35 pounds and carry 1-5 feet. Talk and hear 100%. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust and focus100%. Exposure to all outside weather conditions. Noise level is usually quiet to moderate.

    Work Environment

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to normal weather conditions for the area. While performing the duties of this job, may be working around semi-trucks and trailers, dumpsters, and vans. This may include construction areas and the hazards associated with such. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Hearing Protection not required, but may be worn for Type: $13.75 /hour

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    Janitor Needed!!!!

    About Us:

    Crown Office Cleaning, has been providing superior cleaning services to the New York metropolitan area for over 25 years. To support our growth in NY we are hiring a reliable, dedicated, hardworking individual for our high-end retail client in the Chelsea section of NYC. Prior janitorial experience is a must. If you are interested in a great opportunity to be part of a growing company please submit your resume today!

    About the Job:

  • Maintain common areas and assure they are dust and dirt free

  • Vacuum and mop floors

  • Clean inside of windows

  • Maintain and assure the cleanliness of the kitchen and bathrooms

  • Professional demeanor and comfortable working in a busy retail location.

    What you Need to Apply:

  • Authorization to work in the [website] for any employer

  • Adaptable and pleasant

  • Great attitude

  • Reliable, reliable, reliable

  • Verifiable experience and references

    If you are interested in a great opportunity to be part of a growing company where your efforts are appreciated, we want to hear from you!

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $14.00 to $15.00 /hour


  • janitorial: 1 year (Preferred)

  • janitor: 1 year (Preferred)

  • cleaning: 1 year (Preferred)

    Work Location:

  • One location

    Typical start time:

  • 8AM

    Typical end time:

  • 5PM


  • Retail

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


  • 8 hour shift


  • What does a janitor do?

    Janitors typically work for cleaning companies and  commercial buildings like office parks, shopping malls, hospitals and other properties to perform cleaning tasks that daily workers can’t. They usually work early in the morning or after business hours with a team of other maintenance personnel to perform maintenance chores throughout the building. Their job is to clean public restrooms, operate cleaning equipment like auto floor scrubbers and restock cleaning supplies as needed. They may also need to perform work to the exterior of the building, including washing windows, power washing walls or mowing lawns.

    Janitor skills and qualifications

    Janitors typically have certain prerequisite skills or qualifications that will assist them in their role, which include:

    • Good communication skills
    • Knowledge of various cleaning products and when to use them
    • Ability to clean and disinfect various surfaces
    • Ability to lift and move at least 50 pounds
    • Good organization skills
    • Knowledge of safety guidelines when working with chemical cleaners
    • Excellent time-management skills

    Janitor salary expectations

     A Janitor makes an average of $11.59 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.

    Janitor education and training requirements

    While formal education is not often a requirement to work as a Janitor, some hiring managers may prefer a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, if a Janitor needs to make repairs or work with fragile equipment, they need additional training. Many Janitors will receive on-the-job training while working underneath a more experienced Janitor for a few months. Janitors can also earn several certifications specific to different areas, such as carpet cleaning or biohazard cleaning. Those working in a particular industry may need one or more of these credentials.

    Janitor experience requirements

    The experience level for Janitors depends on the role, employer and industry. Entry-level Janitors usually don’t need any experience, though some hiring managers may want someone with a few months of experience. Janitors who also maintain or repair equipment need at least one year of experience, while Janitors who work with biohazards may need several years of related experience. A Janitor supervising a team could need leadership experience. 

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    Frequently asked questions about Janitors


    What is the difference between a Janitor and a Custodian?

    Although Janitors and Custodians have the same job responsibilities, they typically have different types of employment. The main difference between a Janitor and a Custodian is that Janitors typically work for external cleaning services and arrive at commercial properties in the morning or evening. In contrast, commercial Property Owners hire Custodians to remain onsite before, during and after business hours. They respond to cleanup needs during the day, like food and beverage spills. They may also greet and delegate tasks among Janitors from outsourced services unless they have their own custodial team to manage cleaning duties.


    What are the daily duties of a Janitor?

    On a typical day, a Janitor starts early in the morning or during the evening. They meet at their company location, collect equipment and supplies and travel with their team to a commercial property. Some Janitors clean multiple properties in one night, depending on the size of the facilities. Once at their job site, they unload materials and delegate tasks. They empty all trash and recycling bins in the building and place them in dumpsters. They wipe down tables and stack furniture to begin mopping or vacuuming floors. Janitors also sanitize bathrooms and check to replace toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap as needed. Before leaving, they review their list of priorities to make sure they completed all of their tasks.


    What qualities make a good Janitor?

    A good Janitor is someone who finds enjoyment in cleaning and working as part of a team. This enables them to divide tasks with other cleaning professionals and perform their job duties well. They need to have good time management to prioritize tasks and get several chores done before the end of their shift. Janitors should also be well-organized to ensure they have the right equipment when going to a job site. Being well organized also helps them maintain accurate inventory records of cleaning supplies to restock them as needed. 

    Further, a good Janitor should prioritize safety when working with potentially harmful cleaning chemicals. They should also wear gloves and other protective gear to prevent illnesses when cleaning restroom facilities.


    Who does a Janitor report to?

    Janitors typically report to a Janitorial Manager or a Cleaning Services Supervisor. These individuals provide them with work assignments or delegate onsite tasks. They also assign them to work schedules and act as a point of communication for Janitors if they encounter issues once onsite, like needing an alarm code or additional supplies.

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