Housekeeper Salary

Pay for Housekeepers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $9.82 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.80 per hour and $15.32. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. For the most part, Housekeepers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Housekeepers (89 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the greater part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than a third and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than a third. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,423 - $41,748
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$42K
MEDIAN: $23,030
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$7.80 - $15.32
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$12,423 - $41,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $816  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,000  
Commission
$5,500  
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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$16,255 - $34,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.80 - $15.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.16 - $2.20  
Overtime
$2.01 - $19.95  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $816  
   
Commission
$5,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $22,000  
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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$16,255 - $34,552  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,147
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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 some Housekeepers move into positions like Hotel General Manager (where the average salary is $52K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Housekeeper is to become a Maid or Housekeeper or a Housekeeping Supervisor. Compared to Housekeepers, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Known for taking on a considerable number of Housekeepers, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott International, Inc., and Self-Employed are leading firms in the industry. Housekeepers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at V.A. Medical Center, where the average salary comes to $35K. Self-Employed, Marriott International, Inc., and Miners Inn are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Housekeepers earning around $32K, $21K, or $20K at each firm, respectively.

Healthcare Services Group, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $16K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Holiday Inn Express, Best Western International, Inc., and Motel 6 are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $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. On average, Housekeepers make $23K following one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $20,703

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Home to some of the best pay for Housekeepers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+27 percent), Las Vegas (+20 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (7 percent lower) and St. Louis (5 percent lower).

Housekeeper Reviews

What is it like working as a Housekeeper?

Housekeeper in West Yellowstone:
"Pretty easy, discounts, cheap rent, and work flexibility."
Pros: Getting tips from good guests. Getting discounts on food.
Cons: The least thin I like about my job is having to clean dirty toilets.

What is it like working as a Housekeeper at Marriott International, Inc.?

Housekeeper in Placentia:
"None."
Pros: No comment about my job nothing to say about my job why do I have to type so much for an answer what's wrong with you people.
Cons: Same as above can I just get an answere to what my pay scale is why so much garbage about everything mayb this is the wrong way to find out.

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.

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National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 538 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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