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Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

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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.


  • Most workers learn their skills informally on the job, working alongside more experienced workers.
  • International competition and greater worker productivity will result in rapidly declining employment for most occupations; upholsterers and laundry and dry-cleaning workers, however, are expected to experience some employment growth.
  • The need to replace workers who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons will lead to numerous job openings.
  • Earnings of most workers are relatively low.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $19,670/yr ($9.84/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma