Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-6011 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
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, fine linens, rugs, and carpets. Include spotters and dyers of these articles.
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading. Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives. Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation. Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so. Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them. Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment. Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required. Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.64   Entry $17,977.00
Mean $10.32   Mean $21,463.00
Experience $11.16 Experience $23,206.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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51-6011.00 Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers