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Housekeeper Salary

Housekeepers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $9.71 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.66 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.36. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the larger part lack coverage. On the flip side, more than a third have medical insurance and approximately one in four receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$12,912 - $43,162
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$7.66 - $15.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,912 - $43,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $760  
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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$15,989 - $35,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.66 - $15.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $2.14  
Overtime
$1.59 - $18.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $760  
   
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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$15,989 - $35,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,901
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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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Housekeepers sometimes assume positions such as Hotel General Managers. That role pays $52K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Housekeepers become Maids or Housekeepers or Hospital Housekeepers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Known for taking on a considerable number of Housekeepers, Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Marriott International, Inc., and Best Western International, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town ($35K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $14K to $54K. Other leaders in compensation levels are V.A. Medical Center at $35K, Marriott International, Inc. at $22K, and Emeritus, Assisted Living, where Housekeepers annually earn $22K.

With a median salary of $16K, Healthcare Services Group, Inc. provides Housekeepers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $18K, limiting employee salary growth. Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Holiday Inn 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.


Housekeepers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $19K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $22K. On average, Housekeepers make $24K following one to two decades on the job. Housekeepers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $25K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Housekeepers in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Dallas (+26 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Las Vegas (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (11 percent lower) and Houston (9 percent lower).

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

Late-Career
up arrow 23%



National Average
$21,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 423 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: 35% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 62%