Butlers in the United States take home approximately $56K per year on average. Around one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and approximately half claim dental coverage as well. Male Butlers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Butlers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Butler
Butlers are also known as home managers, and the term is often interchangeable. They generally work for affluent families, celebrities, politicians, businessmen, and other upper-class people.Read More...
Butlers are often in charge of the household and generally oversee other household staff such as maids, chefs, chauffeurs, and gardeners, and also receive guests at the door. If the size of domestic staff is small, they may need to know how to make and serve drinks, including cocktails, wines, spirits, and other beverages. They may also be responsible for the inventory of foods/beverages and their employers' wine cellar. If the domestic staff is large, they may delegate these tasks to others.
Excellent communications skills are required for this position, as well as strong knowledge of social etiquette and formal service. Extensive working experience in hospitality is often preferred by employers. Butlers may work in all types of homes, from small to very large; in any case, they must be able to relieve their employers of their household duties, as well as maintain confidentiality and protect their employers' privacy.
Butlers must serve as leaders, as they generally oversee the entire domestic staff. They may also be responsible for staff-training and work scheduling. These positions do not usually require college degrees, though flexibility will be required, as their employers are often busy in the evenings and on weekends. Butlers may have to personally run these events or hire outside vendors to cater for them.
- Manage the family's schedule and make travel arrangements.
- Maintain an inventory of household items, particularly of artwork and antiques.
- Oversee planning for parties.
- Manage and maintain household budget.
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Pay by Experience Level for Butler
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. Butlers see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Butlers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $61K.