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Housekeeper Salary

Housekeepers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.77 per hour for pay. Lower pay rates hover around $7.71 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.39. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. For the most part, Housekeepers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A majority of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over a third report medical coverage and just under a third claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,992 - $43,765
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$13K
$22K
$44K
MEDIAN: $22,468
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$7.71 - $15.39
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,992 - $43,765  
   
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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$16,065 - $35,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $15.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.04  
Overtime
$1.71 - $19.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$16,065 - $35,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,214

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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 it's uncommon, some Housekeepers move into roles as Hotel General Managers, where pay is an average $52K per year. More often, however, Housekeepers go on to become Maids or Housekeepers or Hospital 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 among the top companies that take on many Housekeepers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, V.A. Medical Center offers the most; Housekeepers earn $35K on average there. Self-Employed, Emeritus, Assisted Living, and Marriott International, Inc. also offer top salaries for Housekeepers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $32K, $22K, and $22K, respectively.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary less than half of the top paying company's rate ($16K). Workers at Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Holiday Inn also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $17K, $17K, and $18K respectively.


Pay by Experience Level for Housekeeper

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


Housekeepers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $19K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $22K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Housekeepers make a median salary of $23K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


Housekeepers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Housekeepers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+22 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), and Chicago (+14 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. St. Louis and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 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 455 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 36% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 61%
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