Job Spotlight: Custodial/Sanitation Crews

Businesses want to keep their facilities in good condition.

A potential employee or client’s first impression may be formed by the appearance of an office building. If you’ve ever wondered why the hallways, restrooms, and breakrooms are spotless and well-stocked the next workday, or why you’re not too hot or cold at your desk, you can thank the custodial and sanitation crews.

An often-overlooked occupation, custodial and sanitation crews are critical to the successful operation of any company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, custodial and sanitation crews held approximately 2.2 million jobs in 2020, with a 6% increase expected by 2030.

This month’s Job Spotlight blog series explores what it means to be part of a custodial or sanitation crew.

Required Education: Custodial and sanitation crews do not require any formal education, but you can appeal to more employers by becoming certified through several associations, such as the Building Service Contractors Association and the International Sanitary Supply Association.


Although pay varies depending on multiple factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), custodial and sanitation crews can earn a median of $29,760 annually.

What Do Custodial and Sanitation Crews Do?

Custodial and sanitation crews deal with a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Gather and empty trash
  • Sweep, mop, or vacuum building floors
  • Clean restrooms and stock them with supplies
  • Lock doors to secure buildings
  • Clean spills and other hazards with the appropriate equipment
  • Order cleaning supplies
  • Make minor building repairs
  • Notify managers when a building needs major repairs


What Companies Look for in a Custodial or Sanitation Crews:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Time-management skills


Examples of Custodial and Sanitation Crews:

  • Building superintendents
  • Janitors


If you need help finding a similar position, we can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. If you have any questions about custodial and sanitation crew jobs in your area or about your job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

Are you a custodial or sanitation worker? What else should people know about your job? Let us know in the comments section below!

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you along in your career search. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.


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    Asia Johnson

    Hi Minka,

    This blog is ran by Express Employment Professionals. Please reach out to your local Express office to assist you in your job search by clicking here.

    Thank you.

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