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Dry Cleaner Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$29,291 (USD)

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Last updated: June 26, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Dry Cleaner is $29,291 a year and $14 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Dry Cleaner is between $24,959 and $34,328. On average, an Associate Degree is the highest level of education for a Dry Cleaner. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Operates dry cleaning machine to clean garments, drapes, and other materials, utilizing knowledge of cleaning processes, fabrics, and colors.
  • Sorts articles and places lot of sorted articles in drum of dry cleaning machine.
  • Fastens cover and starts drum rotating.
  • Turns or pushes valves, levers, and switches to admit cleaning solvent into drum.
  • Adds liquid soap or chemicals to facilitate cleaning process.
  • Tends extractor that removes excess cleaning solvent from articles extractor operator.
  • Tends tumbler that dries articles and removes odor of solvent from articles tumbler operator.
  • Opens valves of dry cleaning machine to drain dirty solvent into filter tank.
  • Adds chemicals to solvent to facilitate filtration, and starts electric pumps, forcing solvent through filters to screen lint, dirt, and other impurities.
  • Pulls sludge box from bottom of tank to remove sludge.
  • Starts electric pumps and turns valves to operate distilling system that reclaims dirty solvent.
  • May operate dry cleaning machine that automatically extracts excess cleaning solvent from articles.
  • May clean by hand articles that cannot be cleaned by machine because of amount of soil on article or delicacy of fabric dry cleaner, hand.
  • May add chemicals to dry cleaning machine to render garments water repellant.
  • May spot articles spotter ii.
Dry Cleaner Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Job family population: 209,350

Estimated population of Dry Cleaner jobs: 3,057

Rate of error: 1.2%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Dry Cleaner Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Dry Clean and Laundry Presser
Jun 25
Skokie, IL, USA
Tide Cleaners
Primary Responsibilities as a Presser/Production Dry Cleaner: * Learn the basic operations of pressing station(s) they will operate and the particulars of the items commonly pressed at that station
Dry Cleaning Operations Assistant
Jun 25
Skokie, IL, USA
Tide Cleaners
Ensure superior quality production work (meeting Company standards for cleaning, finishing and packaging of garments) * Ensure consistent attention to detail (regular inspections for cleaning and ...
Dry Cleaning Presser
Jun 7
Wheaton, IL, USA
ppaolettis cleaners
We are looking for a part time / full time presser and will train. Starting pay for this position is $11 an hour and will train. If you have experience with pressing we are willing to pay $12.50 an ...
Recruiter - Agency (100% work from home)
Jun 21
Chicago, IL, USA
Talent Solutions Group Inc
No traffic, no dry cleaning, just filling jobs and getting paid. A modern Recruiting Agency for motivated people who want to be part of a supportive and growing team. We provide all the tools, you ...
Delivery Driver
Jun 16
60614, IL, USA
Part time delivery driver wanted for dry cleaner located in Lincoln Park/Bucktown area. Previous delivery experience needed. Knowledge of the N. Side and Loop a must. Clean driving record. Must be ...
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