Dry Cleaning Worker Jobs
Dry cleaning workers use dry cleaning machines to clean clothes, drapes, linens, and other articles. Many types of fabrics require different cleaning methods, so dry cleaners have to be trained on how to treat each type of fabric in the best possible way.
Some dry cleaning services provide altering services that require training in sewing. Most employers don’t require dry cleaning workers to be able to sew, but if you know how, it can provide some good employment opportunities.
Many dry cleaning workers interact directly with customers. They work the cash register, retrieve the customer’s clothing, and provide customer service. Previous retail experience can be very helpful when applying for a position in this occupation, but it isn’t normally required.
Most dry cleaning workers are employed by dry cleaning companies, but there are also opportunities for employment at hotels, hospitals, and nursing care facilities.
The majority of people in this occupation work full time, but there are many opportunities for part time employment as well. Dry cleaning workers normally start work early in the morning, so they can have their customers’ cleaning done before they come to pick it up.
Dry cleaning workers do most of their work during normal business hours, but working on weekends is sometimes required.
How to Become a Dry Cleaning Worker
Dry cleaning workers are trained on the job, and there are rarely any educational requirements.
On the job training normally lasts a couple weeks. Training includes instruction on how to clean different fabrics and treat stains.
There are currently 225,200 dry cleaning workers in the United States, with 4,430 new dry cleaning worker job openings created each year.
Dry Cleaning Worker jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Dry Cleaning Worker Salaries
Dry Cleaning Worker salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most dry cleaning workers make between $17,700 – $23,600 per year, or $8.50 – $11.36 per hour.