Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

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, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 30028$14.02/hr$10.87/hr$12.06/hr$13.81/hr$15.84/hr$18.17/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing50$15.96/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/A$13.77/hr
Professional and Business Services150$13.07/hr
Education and Health Services670$14.00/hr
Leisure and Hospitality970$11.97/hr
Other Services1,180$13.83/hr
Public Administration110$17.32/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$11.50/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 80$11.83/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 100$12.24/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 110$11.18/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$12.49/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 170$13.57/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 190$14.28/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 190$12.04/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 210$11.83/hr-13.3%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 220$12.11/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$10.61/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 240$12.25/hr1.6%
Southeast Minnesota 270$13.09/hr0.0%
Northwest Balance of State 300$13.81/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 300$13.81/hr-2.4%
Central Minnesota 360$13.21/hr2.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,700$13.59/hr1.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,780$13.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,150$13.32/hr-0.4%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 1,220$18.33/hr-2.8%
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 46,850$14.67/hr8.2%
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 2,160$28.94/hr-11.2%


  • Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.
  • Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
  • Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.
  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.
  • Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
  • Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
  • Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.