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Dry Cleaning Worker

Dry cleaning workers serve customers and use various methods, tools and equipment to clean clothes, drapes and other fabric items.

  • Avg. Salary $29,122.00
  • Avg. Wage $17.56
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 2,300
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Cleaner, Customer Service Representative, Dry Cleaner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Dry Cleaning and Laundry Machine Operators (6681.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations (G981) 
  • 2011 NOC: Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations (6741) 
  • 2016 NOC: Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations (6741) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Dry Cleaning Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Machine Operators

Interest in operating machines to dry-clean dresses, suits, coats, sweaters and other garments, draperies, cushion covers and other articles, and to use washing machines and dryers to clean and dry garments, sheets, blankets, towels and other articles


Interest in comparing to dry-clean and launder garments and household articles


Interest in using specialized machines to clean and blow-dry fur garments, and to dry-clean, dye, spray, re-oil and re-buff suede and leather garments

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 19, 2016

Dry cleaning workers may:

  • greet customers at a counter and answer questions
  • examine articles, determine the type of cleaning treatment required, advise customers about potential problems and record items
  • use computerized systems to accept payment for cleaning services
  • deal with customer complaints in a courteous manner
  • remove spots or stains using appropriate methods
  • measure draperies to determine charges and record measurements to ensure articles are finished to the original size
  • test and remove buttons, ornaments and other trimmings as necessary before articles are cleaned
  • sort articles according to colour, condition and type of material
  • arrange articles in lots according to weight and when the articles are needed
  • select the proper cleaning process for each load
  • load and unload dry cleaning and laundry machines
  • use appropriate finishing equipment to smooth and shape articles
  • package clean garments
  • replace filters and perform routine maintenance on equipment.

In large operations, dry cleaning workers may specialize in particular tasks or types of goods. For example, they may become experts in stain removal, finishing or leather cleaning.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Modern dry cleaning shops and plants are clean, well lit and ventilated, and new machinery operates with a minimum of noise. However, the work is physically demanding and even well-ventilated shops can be hot in the summer. Dry cleaning workers are on their feet most of the work day and may be required to lift items that weigh up to 10 kilograms.

Dry cleaning workers often work shifts that include evening and weekend hours.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Dry cleaning workers need to possess:

  • the ability to perform routine, repetitive work and remain mentally alert
  • the ability to work well with others
  • good customer service skills.

They should enjoy operating machines and taking a methodical approach to their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

There are no formal educational requirements in this occupation, but employers generally prefer to hire job applicants who have a combination of the following qualifications:

  • a minimum Grade 10 education
  • basic health and safety knowledge
  • knowledge of textiles and basic chemistry 
  • basic computer skills.

Dry cleaning workers are trained on the job and may take related industry training courses.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Dry cleaning workers are employed in retail dry cleaning shops and in commercial or institutional cleaning plants. Experienced workers may advance to supervisory and management positions.

Dry cleaning workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6741: Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation

Over 2,000 Albertans are employed in the Dry cleaning and laundry occupations occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 58 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As dry cleaning workers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for dry cleaning workers.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016
Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $19.24 $16.19 $15.00
Overall $15.00 $20.65 $17.56 $17.58
Top $15.00 $22.80 $19.19 $19.20

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Health Care & Social Assistance
Accommodation & Food Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Alberta Textile Care Association (ATCA) website:

Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) website:

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Updated Dec 01, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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