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 sit near $7.73 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.38 on the higher side. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than a third and dental coverage is claimed by just under a third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,310 - $42,876

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$7.73 - $15.38

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,310 - $42,876  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $685  
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $23,672  
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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$16,129 - $34,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $15.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.01  
Overtime
$1.61 - $19.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $685  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.14 - $23,672  
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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$16,129 - $34,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,472
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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 more likely transition for Housekeepers is Maid or Housekeeper or Housekeeper, Hospital.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Housekeepers flock to Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Marriott International, Inc., and Self-Employed, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at V.A. Medical Center — the median salary there is $35K. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries at Self-Employed (+$32K), Marriott International, Inc. (+$21K), and Hospital Housekeeping Systems (HHS) (+$20K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Holiday Inn Express, and Hampton Inn. Those companies pay a median salary of $17K.


Pay by Experience Level for Housekeeper

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


For Housekeepers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $26K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Housekeepers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+23 percent), Las Vegas (+21 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Orlando (8 percent lower and 6 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 465 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 60%
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