School custodians keep schools clean and safe for children, teachers, staff and visitors. They work full-time or part-time, depending on the needs of their school districts. School custodians often work during the day, but they may also work in the evenings, especially those with part-time positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of May 2010, there were 348,130 custodians working in elementary and secondary schools throughout the country, and their salaries were typically higher than the average salary for a custodian in other industries.
The average annual salary of a school custodian in elementary and secondary schools was $28,570 as of May 2010, according to the BLS. The average hourly wage was $13.74.
The average annual salary of a custodian in the United States as of May 2010 was $24,560. The average hourly rate was $11.81. The 10th percentile made up to $16,340 per year, or $7.86 per hour, and the 25th percentile earned up to $18,250 per year, or $8.78 per hour. The median annual salary was $22,210, or $10.68 per hour. The 75th percentile made up to $28,990 per year, or $13.94 per hour. The 90th percentile made at least $37,190 per year, or $17.88 per hour. The school custodians’ average salaries are often near the 75th percentile for the occupation’s overall salary range.
Salaries by Location
A school custodian job opening in the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, as of the time of publication paid between $11.39 and $16.39 per hour. The mid-point hourly rate was $13.89, and the position was for 248 days out of the year. A school custodian position in the Minneapolis area open at the time of publication paid between $11.31 and $17.64 per hour. The position was a year-round and full time. A full-time custodian position with the Greenfield Union School District in California paid between $11.62 and $15.36 per hour at the time of publication.
The BLS expects building cleaner positions to grow by 5 percent through 2018, which is slower than the average for all occupations. The BLS estimates the job outlook for custodians in general to be good, as many leave the occupation for other work.