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Occupational Employment Statistics


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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 16016$16.15/hr$13.14/hr$14.65/hr$15.35/hr$17.40/hr$19.12/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services520$17.13/hr
Leisure and Hospitality560$16.15/hr
Other Services1,460$15.95/hr
Public Administration300$17.08/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$15.35/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$14.65/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 100$15.63/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 120$15.29/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 150$15.10/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$15.35/hr2.2%
Southwest Balance of State 160$15.29/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 170$14.85/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 200$15.12/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 200$15.86/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 200$14.86/hr10.2%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$15.44/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 280$15.32/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 310$15.32/hr7.7%
Southeast Minnesota 320$15.12/hr5.7%
Central Minnesota 370$15.86/hr1.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,580$16.61/hr7.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,650$16.61/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,970$15.99/hr7.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 400$19.52/hr3.7%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 560$22.76/hr2.5%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 690$19.05/hr35.6%

  • Mix bleaching agents with hot water in vats, and soak material until it is bleached.
  • Spread soiled articles on work tables, and position stained portions over vacuum heads or on marble slabs.
  • Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.
  • Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
  • Operate machines that comb, dry and polish furs, clean, sterilize and fluff feathers and blankets, or roll and package towels.
  • Dye articles to change or restore their colors, using knowledge of textile compositions and the properties and effects of bleaches and dyes.
  • Pre-soak, sterilize, scrub, spot-clean, and dry contaminated or stained articles, using neutralizer solutions and portable machines.
  • Iron or press articles, fabrics, and furs, using hand irons or pressing machines.
  • Immerse articles in bleaching baths to strip colors.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.