Property management

Window cleaner

Window cleaners work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £23,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 0% more Window cleaner jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You'll wash windows and other glass surfaces on different types of buildings, like:

  • private homes
  • schools
  • offices
  • shops
  • hospitals

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • mixing cleaning chemicals and detergents
  • using ladders
  • using water-fed poles
  • cleaning windows on high buildings using cradles or ropes
  • keeping a record of payment or completing customer reports
  • safely storing and transporting equipment

You might also be asked to do other work at height, such as clearing gutters and cleaning paintwork or window frames.

If you're self-employed, you'll also market your cleaning services, collect payments and complete your accounts and tax returns.


You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in cleaning and support services.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

Other Routes

There are no set entry requirements. You could apply directly to become a window cleaner with a company, buy an existing round or set up your own business. You don't need any formal qualifications to do this.

You could work as a window cleaner on tall buildings like office blocks, if you've completed training in rope access work or operating a mobile platform.

Employers will be interested in your practical skills, ability to work at height, and your awareness of health and safety regulations and good practice.

A driving licence will be helpful.

£16,000 to £23,000

Starter salary: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £23,000

Cleaning company employees will be paid a salary, and can earn more as team leaders.

Self-employed window cleaners set their own rates, and their earnings depend on how many customers they have, and what they can charge.


If you're employed by a cleaning contractor, you're likely to work a 40-hour week.

If you're self-employed, you'll be able to choose the hours you work. You may work longer hours in summer to cover the shorter days in winter.

You'll usually work outdoors in most weather conditions, and often at height.

You could work for contract cleaners or specialist window cleaning firms. With experience, you may be able to progress to become a supervisor or manager.

You may start your own business, working alone or employing staff.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to work at heights
  • the ability to learn to use power-operated lifting equipment for high level cleaning
  • organisation skills
  • literacy and numeracy skills
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