Housekeeper Salary

Most Housekeepers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.78 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.73 per hour and $15.41. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — the larger part — do not have any health coverage, over a third do receive medical benefits and just under one in three have dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,242 - $42,993
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,801
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$7.73 - $15.41
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,242 - $42,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $691  
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,110 - $35,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $15.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.03  
Overtime
$1.54 - $19.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $691  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.07 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,110 - $35,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,404
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Job Description for Housekeeper

The primary duties of a housekeeper are to clean and maintain their designated work area. This work area will vary from employer to employer; housekeepers commonly work in hotels, private homes, and assisted living facilities. At a large hotel, a housekeeper may be expected to clean several floors' worth of rooms; at a private residence, a housekeeper may be expected to clean a relatively small area. Regardless of location, housekeepers can be expected to clean bathrooms, dust furniture, replenish supplies of soap and paper products, clean doors and windows, replace light bulbs, change and launder bed sheets and towels, and other activities that contribute to ensuring their assigned areas are clean and welcoming. Much of a housekeeper's daily work is autonomous; housekeepers are given their assigned area and are expected to complete their work in a set amount of time. Housekeepers should also expect to have their work evaluated on a regular basis and will most likely be held to a cleanliness standard set by their employer.

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Housekeeper Tasks

  • Clean individual units when vacated or requested.
  • Sweep, mop, wash, dust and vacuum designated areas.
  • Clean sidewalks, including sweeping, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
  • Seal, wax, and buff floors and hard surfaces.
  • Assist painters and security engineers when assigned.

Common Career Paths for Housekeeper


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Though not the most common occurrence, Housekeepers sometimes become Hotel General Managers, where the average income is $52K per year. Becoming a Maid or Housekeeper or a Hospital Housekeeper is, however, a more typical career progression for Housekeepers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Self-Employed, and Marriott International, Inc. are all popular places to work. V.A. Medical Center attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $35K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Self-Employed, Marriott International, Inc., and Hospital Housekeeping Systems (HHS), where earnings of $32K, $22K, or $20K are standard for Housekeepers.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Healthcare Services Group, Inc. ($16K), Hampton Inn ($17K), and Holiday Inn Express ($17K).


Pay by Experience Level for Housekeeper

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Housekeepers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $19K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $22K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Housekeepers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Housekeepers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), and Pittsburgh (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (10 percent less) and Orlando (6 percent less).

Housekeeper Reviews

What is it like working as a Housekeeper at Healthcare Services Group, Inc.?

Housekeeper in Wheelersburg:
"The Job Is Great But The Pay Is Horrible."
Pros: Cleaning for the residents benefit.
Cons: Not getting a raise after 90 days, no paid vacations for part time, no benefits, no double pay on holidays, lack of respect from upper management, and no chance to move to full time.

What is it like working as a Housekeeper at Self-Employed?

Housekeeper in Salem:
"Work Flexibility, Interview Clients, Accept Or Deny Clients."
Pros: I enjoy getting to choose who I work for and how many hours a day to work. I enjoy interviewing new clients, I can take a sick day when needed and reschedule a cleaning job. I have most weekends off, evenings home or volunteering at events.
Cons: No sick pay, no vacation pay, drive time is sometimes annoying.

What is it like working as a Housekeeper at Hampton Inn?

Housekeeper in Mt. Vernon:
Pros: What I like the most about my job is that I clean my rooms that I am given very well and that I get compliments on how well they are done and how good they smell by the guest that stay there.
Cons: The things that I don't like about my job is that there are some of the other workers that does not do there job very good and get by with stuff and I don't think that is very fair. There is alot of drama that is another thing that I do not like. The other girls talk about all the other ones.

What is it like working as a Housekeeper?

Housekeeper in Denver:
"Great Job But The Job Is Very Physically Demanding."
Pros: The sense of pride you have in your work and even more when other people notice. The responsibility and attention to detail it requires.
Cons: Physically strenuous. Stressful. Not good pay.

Housekeeper in Athens:
"Work."
Pros: The flexibility is the best thing and the workers are pretty awesome, feels like a family there.
Cons: Having to be perfect or else customers complain about every little detail.

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Experience Affects Housekeeper Salaries




National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 463 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 60%
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