Shoe Shiner

Clean and polish footwear for customers.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $31,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shoe Shiners do?

Cleans and polishes footwear for customers: Removes surface dirt, using brush. Removes grime and old polish or wax from leather footwear, using brush or sponge dipped in cleaning fluid or soapy water. Applies coating of polish by hand or using dauber, and polishes leather, using brushes and cloths. Buffs buck or suede footwear with sandpaper or wire brush to clean areas or raise nap. Applies liquid dressing or dry wax by hand or dauber, and brushes surface to remove excess. Applies liquid dressing to fabric areas of footwear to restore appearance of cloth. Coats edges of sole and heel with sole dressing, using dauber or sponge. May dye or tint footwear [SHOE DYER]. May brush lint from patron’s clothing, using whiskbroom. May assist customers with wraps. May sweep and mop floors, dust and polish furnishings, and wash windows.

Should I be a Shoe Shiner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Shoe Polisher

    How to become a Shoe Shiner

    Most Shoe Shiners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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