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What Do Dishwasher Do?

Position Description Clean dishes, kitchen, food preparation equipment, or utensils.

Life As a Dishwasher

  • Clean or prepare various foods for cooking or serving.
  • Transfer supplies or equipment between storage and work areas, by hand or using hand trucks.
  • Receive and store supplies.
  • Place clean dishes, utensils, or cooking equipment in storage areas.
  • Set up banquet tables.
  • Clean garbage cans with water or steam.

Dishwasher Required Skills

When polled, Dishwashers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • Utility Aide
  • Tray Room Worker
  • Dish Washer
  • Silver Wrapper
  • Glass Washer

Job Outlook for Dishwashers

There were about 514,300 jobs for Dishwasher in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.3% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 22,300 new jobs for Dishwasher by 2026. There will be an estimated 83,000 positions for Dishwasher per year.


The states with the most job growth for Dishwasher are Utah, Arizona, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Ohio, West Virginia, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Dishwashers Make A Lot Of Money?

The typical yearly salary for Dishwashers is somewhere between $17,920 and $29,430.


Dishwashers who work in District of Columbia, Washington, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Dishwashers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $20,020
Alaska $25,860
Arizona $24,190
Arkansas $20,280
California $25,650
Colorado $24,110
Connecticut $24,790
Delaware $21,350
District of Columbia $31,310
Florida $21,850
Georgia $19,490
Hawaii $28,370
Idaho $19,590
Illinois $23,430
Indiana $19,740
Iowa $19,900
Kansas $19,750
Kentucky $20,590
Louisiana $18,860
Maine $23,290
Maryland $22,690
Massachusetts $27,730
Michigan $21,700
Minnesota $25,280
Mississippi $19,090
Missouri $21,100
Montana $21,370
Nebraska $23,200
Nevada $26,980
New Hampshire $21,450
New Jersey $22,630
New Mexico $20,880
New York $26,410
North Carolina $20,040
North Dakota $22,860
Ohio $21,140
Oklahoma $20,410
Oregon $25,010
Pennsylvania $21,010
Rhode Island $25,290
South Carolina $19,980
South Dakota $21,340
Tennessee $20,470
Texas $21,440
Utah $21,140
Vermont $25,410
Virginia $20,910
Washington $27,610
West Virginia $21,760
Wisconsin $20,220
Wyoming $23,520

Tools & Technologies Used by Dishwashers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Dishwashers:

  • Microsoft Windows

How do I Become a Dishwasher?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Dishwasher?


How Long Does it Take to Become a Dishwasher?


Dishwashers Sector


The table below shows the approximate number of Dishwashers employed by various industries.



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