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What are the typical duties and compensation for a school custodian?

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School custodians are typically responsible for keeping school buildings clean, completing basic repairs, moving furniture and sometimes for mowing lawns and clearing the sidewalks of snow. As of May 2012, their median average hourly wage was $13.05, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cleaning tasks include sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and waxing all school floors and cleaning the toilets, sinks and cafeteria. School custodians also empty trash cans, wash windows and walls, and stock bathrooms.

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Changing light bulbs, fixing leaky faucets and unclogging toilets are the types of repairs handled by school custodians, who are also responsible for identifying and reporting major repair needs to the appropriate administrator. As of 2011, elementary and high schools employed the majority of school custodians with an average hourly wage of $13.89, the highest among school custodians. School custodians also work in post-secondary educational institutions, such as colleges, universities and trade schools, which tend to pay the lowest mean hourly wage, $12.05 per hour, of all schools employing custodians. Experience and strong organizational skills often lead to supervisory positions, especially in larger institutions with a custodial staff. Supervisory custodial positions in schools paid an average hourly wage of $20.07 in 2011.

A high school diploma or its equivalent is usually the only educational requirement for work as a school custodian, and training is usually provided on the job.

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