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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,42075$16.56/hr$14.72/hr$14.74/hr$15.20/hr$18.77/hr$19.21/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Financial Activities20$15.83/hr
Professional and Business Services80$12.14/hr
Education and Health Services500$15.41/hr
Leisure and Hospitality350$15.06/hr
Other Services1,490$15.11/hr
Public Administration110$18.98/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$14.95/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$14.93/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 70$14.77/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 110$14.26/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 110$14.94/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$14.95/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 150$14.95/hr2.2%
Northwest Balance of State 150$14.95/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$14.62/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 170$14.62/hr10.2%
Northwest Minnesota 180$15.04/hr7.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 180$15.07/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 210$14.61/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 210$15.41/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 300$14.64/hr5.7%
Central Minnesota 330$15.41/hr1.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,420$15.20/hr7.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,490$15.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 2,570$15.13/hr7.1%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 240$19.78/hr3.7%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers 760$22.45/hr2.5%
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic 470$23.09/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.