Church custodians clean, repair and maintain everything on the church's property, from the parking lots to the chapel, but their exact duties vary by employer. Each church typically has a detailed list of its custodians' tasks, which are specific to the property. For example, the Grace Reformed Church requires its custodian to shovel walkways, control the thermostat and oversee the inspection and charging of fire extinguishers throughout the building.
There are no educational requirements for custodians, but employers may prefer candidates with prior experience and knowledge of cleaning equipment, or someone who is a member of the church. Custodians are able to work independently, make general repairs and manage their time. They're skilled in organizing, coordinating and planning their schedules, prioritizing their projects and troubleshooting problems with basic equipment.
Cleaning, Repairs and Events
The majority of a custodian's tasks involve cleaning every inch of the church, including sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming rugs and cushions, sanitizing restrooms, removing garbage and washing windows and glass. Some projects are done periodically, like shampooing or steam cleaning carpets. Custodians make minor repairs, such as changing light bulbs and respond to other requests as necessary. For example, they may be asked to set up or breakdown decorations and furniture for weddings, funerals and other events.
Landscaping and Security
Custodians are usually in charge of keeping up with the inventory of their supplies, but most additional duties vary. For example, the First Congregational United Church of Christ requires its custodian to tend to the lawn and landscape. Church custodians may be responsible for cleaning chimneys, changing air filters and ensuring all doors and windows are locked at the end of each day.
Earnings and Opportunities
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recognizes custodians under the broader category of janitors and building cleaners. It reports that those employed in the religious organizations industry earned an average annual wage of $25,230, as of May 2013. According to the BLS, employment opportunities should increase 12 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is on par with the average of all occupations. Candidates with prior experience in cleaning and maintenance should have the best opportunity for successful employment.
2016 Salary Information for Janitors and Building Cleaners
Janitors and building cleaners earned a median annual salary of $24,190 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, janitors and building cleaners earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,384,600 people were employed in the U.S. as janitors and building cleaners.