In the summer of 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker approved a new minimum wage bill. By 2023, the minimum wage for all Massachusetts residents will be $15/hour. To make this adjustment, the minimum wage will be increased a full dollar on January 1st of each year. This syncopated wage increase has raised concerns for a few service industries that rely on minimum wage workers. Commercial cleaning companies, in particular, will have to make adjustments to their pricing and services in order to keep up with the increasing minimum wage requirements.

Massachusetts Commercial Cleaning Pricing

Whether you manage a condo, an apartment complex, office buildings, or new construction projects, commercial cleaning services are often a necessary part of your business. Keeping common areas clean is necessary for getting new tenants or selling a property. However, because cleaning companies utilize minimum wage workers, there will be an inevitable price increase for cleaning services in and around Massachusetts. With a 4-dollar increase in the minimum wage over four years, it would be impossible for companies to provide the same level of service without raising prices. Property managers should expect to pay more for cleaning services over the next four years, with prices stabilizing in 2023.

Cleaning Companies That Cross State Lines

Many commercial cleaning companies in New England travel quite a bit. Because minimum wage is different from state to state, these wage gaps can cause problems with pricing. For instance, New Hampshire will continue to have a minimum wage of $7.25/hour while Massachusetts increases. This large difference creates an interesting pricing climate. Many Massachusetts-based cleaning companies are attracting workers across state lines because they can make up to double their wages just across the border. For that reason, New Hampshire companies will need to raise pay above their state’s minimum wage in order to keep their workforce. Although in the short-term, New Hampshire based cleaning companies can offer lower rates, in the long-term they will most likely need to offer salaries close to their Massachusetts competition.

Maximizing Cleaning Efficiency To Save On Cost

Although pricing for Massachusetts commercial cleaners will have to increase to meet the new minimum wage bill, there are ways that cleaning companies can make cuts without cutting workers. Cleaning companies with years of experience have managed inflation before. These companies know how to work with property managers to set fair prices. Some cleaning companies also use efficient cleaning methods as well as top-of-the-line technology to clean quicker, more effectively, and therefore saving money.

What Makes Champion Cleaning Different

At Champion Cleaning we are proud to serve New England with professional cleaning services for over 20 years. We utilize a team cleaning method, where we work in groups to clean as efficiently as possible. We also use high- powered HEPA-filtered backpack vacuums which are rated as 3x faster. Customer satisfaction matters to us, and we do everything we can to keep our prices fair without sacrificing quality. Contact us to learn more.

How the MA 2018 Minimum Wage Increase Affects Cleaning Company Pricing

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