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How Much Money Do Dry Cleaners Make?

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Dry cleaning establishments clean delicate clothes using chemical solvents instead of conventional soap and water. Recently, stricter environmental regulations and wider use of casual attire in the workplace have taken a toll on the dry cleaning industry.


According, a website that generates average salary rates using job listings, the average salary for dry cleaning jobs is $30,000 a year. lists a slightly higher average, with rates varying greatly by location.

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According to Marc Levine of, about 85 percent of dry cleaning establishments are small, family-owned businesses generating about $200,000 in revenue each year, with a fairly low profit margin.


The salary of a dry cleaner varies according to geographic location and relevant experience on the part of the job seeker. According to, dry cleaners command the highest salaries in Manhattan, New York.


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