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 30052$14.64/hr$11.52/hr$12.89/hr$14.47/hr$16.69/hr$18.59/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing40$16.04/hr
Financial Activities20$15.30/hr
Professional and Business Services90$11.74/hr
Education and Health Services740$14.30/hr
Leisure and Hospitality1,040$12.38/hr
Other Services1,350$13.90/hr
Public Administration90$18.07/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Central Minnesota N/A$13.07/hr2.5%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$12.16/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 80$13.34/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 90$12.92/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 100$11.53/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 100$10.89/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 150$14.14/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 160$11.87/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 190$12.33/hr-13.3%
Southwest Balance of State 220$12.38/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 230$13.85/hr0.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 260$13.88/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 270$12.61/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 280$13.27/hr1.6%
Northwest Minnesota 300$14.47/hr-2.4%
Northwest Balance of State 350$14.51/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,810$13.58/hr1.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,930$13.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,370$13.57/hr-0.4%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 820$18.20/hr-2.8%
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 44,880$15.10/hr8.2%
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators 2,140$23.51/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.