Janitor Job Descriptions, Average Salary, Interview Questions

No matter its size, a company’s facilities must be clean and sanitary for work to be done efficiently. And janitors are the key personnel that make sure this happens seamlessly. 

Janitors play an irreplaceable role in keeping companies and businesses up and running. They maintain cleanliness, sanitation, and general order throughout their companies, and are crucial in creating a great, productive work environment for all. 

Sample job description #1

In this role, you are responsible for the cleaning and upkeep of the facility. This includes designated areas in the warehouse, restrooms, break rooms, and office areas of the facility. Work within safety guidelines and under the guidance of the maintenance supervisors. Willing to work any and all shifts including weekends and overtime.

What you’ll do

  • Detailed cleaning and sanitization of assigned areas according to the frequency indicated on your assigned schedule
  • Clear and consistent communication with internal and external partners regarding facilities maintenance problems (i.e. leaking faucets, burnt out light bulbs, inoperable dispensers)
  • Ability to effectively utilize all janitorial equipment and maintain the expected janitorial supply inventory levels
  • Responsible for following all safety guidelines and procedures

Who you are

  • Practical experience as a custodian
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must maintain a professional demeanor and appearance at all times
  • Stand and walk for up to 100% of shift
  • Ability to lift, push, pull up to 50 lbs. and 20-30 lbs. for approximately 50% of shift
  • Ability to go up and down stairs up to 10% of shift

Sample job description #2

Provide general labor services to all departments on the premises.


  • Will perform all work including movement of materials, car and truck loading and unloading, clean up, and all other unskilled work not otherwise set out in jobs listed in higher labor grades
  • Must be able to perform the work associated with maintaining a clean, safe, and attractive work environment. This includes aisle ways, stairways, lavatories, lunchroom, and plant office floors. Waste containers must be emptied daily and returned to the designated areas
  • Must be capable of using whatever cleaning equipment is provided for performing their duties in an efficient manner
  • The Company reserves the right to initiate on the job training programs for employees in this classification in order to upgrade them for assignment to other classifications. If ability of employees in this classification is relatively equal, then seniority will be the governing factor for on the job training
  • Is responsible for keeping equipment and surrounding area clean at all times
  • Under the direction and monitoring of department supervisor is responsible for the training of a replacement Janitor/GSW
  • Must maintain written and/or electronic records as required by management (i.e. cGMP and ISO procedures)
  • Must exercise extreme caution in order to not damage material or property while operating equipment and must at all times exercise extreme caution for the safety of other employees
  • Is responsible for removing accumulated hazardous wastes from laboratory and other areas and for transporting such wastes to the hazardous waste storage area
  • Is responsible for the application or placement of Certificates of Analysis on finished product(s) at the Distribution Center or designated area
  • Performs other duties as directed by supervisor
  • May be a training position for upgrade to other job classifications
  • Reliable, good communication skills, able to work with all levels of the organization. Able to work with minimal direct supervision
  • Performs necessary quality and inventory control data gathering and input in either written or electronic formats
  • Maintenance of personal hygiene


  • High School Diploma or GED

Preferred experience

Former Janitorial experience preferred

Required skills

  • May be expected to move, carry and lift approximately 100 pounds. May be expected to climb heights of approximately 18 feet. Stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment, as required
  • Ability to access all parts of all production equipment, including, but not limited to the following: confined spaces; ceiling mounted equipment; equipment in pits, machines that must be climbed, crawled under, or otherwise entered with limited access
  • Equipment may be used as needed to assist in these duties
  • Including but not limited to, prime movers, hand trucks, floor scrubber, tenant sweeper, buffer, furniture moving equipment, cardboard baler, and trash compactor

Sample job description #3

This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the Office, Warehouse, Restrooms, and Facility entrances.

  • Cleanliness and maintenance of the Warehouse and Corporate Office
  • Maintain storage areas and restocks as needed
  • Replenish paper towel, toilet paper, and soap supplies
  • Maintain safety in all areas by placing proper signage as needed
  • Responsible for keeping all common surfaces disinfected throughout the day inside and outside of the building
  • Report any issues that need immediate attention (toilet running, sink not draining, lights out, building damage, etc.)
  • Removal of snow from walkways and entrances and de-icing whenever there is winter weather to ensure the walkways are accessible and safe
  • Ability to work as a team and with other departments as needed
  • Ensure adherence to quality standards and health and safety regulations
  • Proper disposal of garbage
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Manager


  • Proven experience as custodian, janitor, or in a similar role
  • Basic verbal communication skills
  • Flexible schedule
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a janitor is 32,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$31,850$43,050
Los Angeles, California$35,900$48,600
Denver, Colorado$29,950$40,500
Washington, DC$36,500$49,300
Miami, Florida$29,800$40,300
Orlando, Florida$27,500$37,200
Tampa, Florida$27,750$37,550
Atlanta, Georgia$29,100$39,400
Chicago, Illinois$33,450$45,300
Boston, Massachusetts$36,200$48,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$28,800$39,000
New York City, New York$38,100$51,550
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$31,000$41,950
Dallas, Texas$30,200$40,850
Houston, Texas$29,900$40,500
Seattle, Washington$34,800$47,100
National Average$27,200$36,800

Sample interview questions

  • Do you have a basic understanding of cleaning equipment?
  • Do you have any experience in the field? 
  • Do you have the ability to work unsupervised/alone?
  • Will you use caution while handling cleaning supplies? 
  • Can we, as a company, trust you with ensuring the doors are locked and alarm systems in place?

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