Dry cleaning and laundry workers

Dry cleaning and laundry workers

NOC
6741

- Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations

Use various methods, tools and equipment to clean and press clothes, linens and other fabric items in commercial or institutional laundries or dry cleaners.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

83
 

Median Hourly Wage

$15.99
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High

Median Salary

$25,186
 

Typically Required

On-the-job training

Employed

586
 

% Working Full Time

78%
 

% Working Full Year

65%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators operate machines to dry-clean or launder garments and other articles. Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors and assemblers check finished garments and other articles to ensure that they meet required standards for dry-cleaning, laundering and pressing, and assemble and bag finished garments and other articles. This unit group also includes workers who iron, press or otherwise finish garments and household articles.

Main Duties

Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate dry cleaning machines to dry-clean dresses, suits, coats, sweaters and other garments, draperies, cushion covers and other articles
  • Sort garments and operate washing machines and dryers to clean and dry clothing, sheets, blankets, towels and other articles
  • Operate machines to clean and blow-dry fur garments
  • Operate machines to dry-clean, dye, spray, re-oil, and re-buff suede and leather garments
  • Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches and other solutions and chemicals.

Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors and assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Check finished garments and other articles to ensure that they are properly dry-cleaned or laundered
  • Record damaged or improperly dry-cleaned or laundered garments and other articles
  • Use hand-held steam iron to touch up finished garments and other articles
  • Assemble and bag finished garments and other articles
  • Match invoices with tags on garments or other articles.

Ironing, pressing and finishing workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate finishing equipment such as steam pressers, and use hand irons to finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry cleaned and laundered articles
  • Hand iron laundered fine linens or dry-cleaned silk garments
  • Operate fur ironing and glazing equipment to finish fur garments and other fur articles
  • Fold and bag dry cleaned and laundered articles
  • May operate laundering equipment.

Workers in this group may specialize in finishing suede, leather, fur and delicate articles.

Also Known As

  • assembler - laundry and dry cleaning
  • bagger - laundry and dry cleaning
  • drapery cleaner
  • dry cleaner
  • dyer - laundry and dry cleaning
  • finisher - laundry and dry cleaning
  • fur cleaner - laundry and dry cleaning
  • hand finisher - laundry and dry cleaning
  • inspector - laundry and dry cleaning
  • laundry machine operator
  • laundry worker
  • leather cleaner - laundry and dry cleaning
  • presser - laundry and dry cleaning
  • pressing machine tender - laundry and dry cleaning
  • silk finisher - laundry and dry cleaning
  • steam finisher - laundry and dry cleaning
  • suede cleaner - laundry and dry cleaning
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Some secondary school education is required.
  • Four to eight weeks of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators may require experience as inspectors or assemblers.
  • Suede, leather and fur cleaners may require experience as dry cleaning or laundry machine operators.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

68.6%
Female
31.4%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

9.6%
15-24
13.5%
25-34
8.7%
35-44
30.8%
45-54
34.6%
55-64
2.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

20.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
51.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
3.8%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
21.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
1.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

44.9%
Other services (except public administration)
38.3%
Health care and social assistance
9.3%
Accommodation and food services
7.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

23.80%
Northeast
22.90%
Southeast
24.80%
Southwest
16.20%
Central
12.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$25,827
Northeast
$25,137
Southeast
$30,999
Southwest
$25,430
Central
$24,017
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$15.99
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available

Central

$15.99
$11.70
Low
$21.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$25,186

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$34,384

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$25,186

Newfoundland

$37,933

Prince Edward Island

$22,990

Nova Scotia

$27,134

Canada

$25,364
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

83
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

76
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

273
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

35
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

238