Housekeeper Salary

Women account for the majority of Housekeepers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.79 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.73 per hour and $15.41. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, a majority are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than a third and dental insurance is reported by just under one in three. Most Housekeepers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,200 - $42,771
(Median)
$13K
$23K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,690
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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
$13,200 - $42,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $685  
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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$16,114 - $35,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $15.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.04  
Overtime
$1.56 - $19.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $685  
   
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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$16,114 - $35,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,377
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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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It's not very common for Housekeepers to move on to become Hotel General Managers. Average pay for a Hotel General Manager is $52K annually. A more likely transition for Housekeepers is Maid or Housekeeper or Housekeeper, Hospital.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Housekeepers fill the offices of leading firms Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Self-Employed, and Marriott International, Inc. V.A. Medical Center offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $35K. Other big spenders include Self-Employed, Marriott International, Inc., and Hospital Housekeeping Systems (HHS), top-paying firms where Housekeepers see paychecks nearing $32K, $22K, or $20K.

With a median employee salary of $16K, Healthcare Services Group, Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (less than half of the top paying employer's rate). Workers at Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Best Western International, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $17K.


Pay by Experience Level for Housekeeper

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


For many Housekeepers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $19K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $22K. Housekeepers see a median salary of $23K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Housekeepers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+22 percent), Las Vegas (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 16 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 461 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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