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How much can I make as a window cleaner?

Updated on June 26, 2014

Window washers at work on a high-rise.

Urban high rises have increased the demand for window cleaners to keep the buildings spotless. Because the job has a unique set of challenges -- namely, working while suspended in air and relying on safety equipment to protect you -- it compensates well. With the right equipment, on-the-job training, and a good work ethic, you can make money washing windows.

How much will I make?

Union window cleaners earn an average of $17-$30 per hour. Other window washers in large cities can earn between $20,000 to $35,000 per year, according to Salary Expert and Indeed.

How can I get started as a professional window cleaner?

Typically, you'll get hired first and learn skills on the job. To get an idea of what you'll expect, see whether local unions hold training classes for window washing. You may be able to sign up for an introductory class to learn the basics of window washing, practice using professional window cleaning kits and decide whether it's right for you. YouTube also has a range of videos on “professional window cleaning” that can give you greater insight into how window washers work.

Alternately, reach out to local window washing companies to see if you can get hired as a window cleaner. Once hired, experienced cleaners will teach you how to operate safety equipment and how to wash windows.

Watch professional window cleaners at work

Safety tips for window cleaners

If you plan to wash windows on those urban skyscrapers and luxury condos, take a safety course to learn how to protect yourself on the job. The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) offers both online and in person safety training courses. Typical topics covered include scaffold systems, ladder safety, equipment maintenance and how to protect yourself from falling.


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