How to Make Your Next Cleaning Technician Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 13:20:23



More than 4,798 companies advertise 20,165 Cleaning Technician jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Cleaning Technician most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 7,855 job posts from 2,523 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 30.4% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 107 Cleaning Technician job seekers for every active Cleaning Technician job, which shows that it is an employer's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Cleaner, Customer Service Representative, Warehouse Worker, Housekeeper, Delivery Driver, Janitor, Custodian, Retail Sales Associate, Laborer, and Receptionist seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Cleaning Technician candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Cleaning Technician candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 19.2% of the active Cleaning Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 23.4% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 7.8 years to 6.8 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include cleaning, communication skills, English, customer service, custodial experience, commercial cleaning, ductwork, time management, mechanical knowledge, and hvac. Demand for English, time management, commercial cleaning, mechanical knowledge, customer service, cleaning, communication skills, manufacturing, Spanish, and custodial experience has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Cleaning Technician with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.7 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 68.0% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 70.0%.

Example Cleaning Technician responsibilities

  • Clean restrooms, kitchens, and lounges
  • Vacuum, mop, and sweep floors
  • Remove trash from rooms and incinerate it in a specific area
  • Sterilize equipment and tools before, during, and after use in hospital procedures
  • Respond to visitors' complaints about cleanliness issues


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Cleaning Technician positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Virginia are the states that have the highest demand for Cleaning Technicians. Texas, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia are where most job seekers are searching for Cleaning Technician jobs. If we look at the Cleaning Technician to job ratio, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota, and Montana have the lowest number of Cleaning Technician applicants per job. Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Louisiana have the most active Cleaning Technician job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 844,029 job seekers interested in Cleaning Technician opportunities in the United States. That’s a 34.0% increase compared to the previous quarter with 629,919 active job seekers. Around 19.2% of the active Cleaning Technician candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 23.4% have between 3-5 years of experience, 27.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 29.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Cleaning Technician candidates is 6.8 years. Active candidates in the Cleaning Technician profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Cleaning Technician candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 1,828 Cleaning Technicians from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Stanley Steemer, ServiceMaster, ABM Industries, Inc., FDF Energy Services, Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, Supreme Maintenance Organization, Merry Maids, Ameriglass, Universal Cleaners LLC, and Maid to Shine.

After analyzing post-interview data from Cleaning Technician candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 69.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 92.5% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Cleaning Technician candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and drug test. Most employers do not require a they have no interview or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Cleaning Technician quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 73.2% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 64% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How much experience do you have working in the cleaning industry?
  • What can you offer us that another candidate can't?
  • In what ways do you exceed the expectations of our clients?
  • Why are you seeking a career with us?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Cleaning Technician salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a decrease of 5% from $39,771.57 to $37,974.53 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest decrease in the past 6 quarters. For Cleaning Technician positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 63.3%, healthcare insurance by 61.7%, dental insurance by 48.3%, vision insurance by 41.7%, a 401k plan by 40.0%, discounts by 28.3%, and stock options/grants by 11.7%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, maternity leave, somewhat remote, fully remote, flexible working hours, sabbaticals, location variety, and mostly remote, to attract and retain Cleaning Technician candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 38.6% of the employers conducted a background check, and 23.0% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Cleaning Technician candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Cleaning Technician, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Cleaning Technician candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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