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Housekeeper Salary

Women account for the majority of Housekeepers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.77 per hour. Pay ranges from $7.69 per hour on the low end to $15.40 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Housekeepers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — the larger part lack any form of coverage — but over a third have medical insurance, and just under one in three have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,024 - $43,198
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$13K
$22K
$43K
MEDIAN: $22,273
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$7.69 - $15.40
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$7
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$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$13,024 - $43,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $711  
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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$16,033 - $35,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $15.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $2.06  
Overtime
$1.67 - $19.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $711  
   
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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$16,033 - $35,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,136

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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 not the most common occurrence, Housekeepers sometimes become Hotel General Managers, where the average income is $52K per year. However, Housekeepers typically graduate to Maids or Housekeepers or Hospital Housekeepers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Housekeepers include Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Self-Employed, and Marriott International, Inc. V.A. Medical Center offers the largest salaries in town — $35K on average. Self-Employed, Emeritus, Assisted Living, and Marriott International, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Housekeepers earning around $32K, $22K, or $22K at each firm, 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). Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Holiday Inn, all paying $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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $24K in this role. Housekeepers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $25K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Housekeepers in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Housekeepers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Las Vegas (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (11 percent less) and Orlando (10 percent less).

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%