A building porter helps to clean, maintain and repair buildings. Porters work in hotels, hospitals, general offices and apartment complexes. Some perform only maintenance inside buildings; others work on the grounds as well.
Building porters perform a wide variety of functions. They include mopping floors, changing light bulbs, mowing grass and assembling furniture. They must know which cleaning supplies, tools and equipment are needed for each job.
Building porters must work well with their hands and have the strength and coordination needed to handle general maintenance. They also should have basic problem-solving skills along with an ability to follow instructions and blueprints.
Most building porters can learn on the job with no more than a high school diploma. Those who specialize in certain areas (such as plumbing) may need a professional certificate.
Prospects and Earnings
Jobs for janitors and building cleaning workers such as porters are expected to grow by 4 percent through 2018, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS reported that these type of workers earned a median hourly wage of $10.31 in May 2008.
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.