Housekeeper Salary

Median pay for Housekeepers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $9.95 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Housekeepers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, over a third do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Housekeepers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,313 - $43,040
$12K
$24K
$43K
MEDIAN: $23,680
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$7.96 - $15.36
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MEDIAN: $9.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$12,313 - $43,040  
   
Bonus
$48.65 - $1,503  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Commission
$5,090  
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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$16,566 - $34,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $15.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $2.05  
Overtime
$8.01 - $21.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$48.65 - $1,503  
   
Commission
$5,090  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$16,566 - $34,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,889

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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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At the upper end, Housekeepers who move into a Hotel General Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Hotel General Managers is a much higher $52K per year. A Housekeeper often moves on to become a Housekeeping Supervisor or a Hospital Housekeeper.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper


Dominating the field, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Comfort Inn and Suites, and Marriott International, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Housekeepers. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $31K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $19K to a high of $43K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Marriott International, Inc., Residence Inn By Marriott, and Hospital Housekeeping Systems (HHS), where Housekeepers typically earn around $22K, $19K, or $19K, respectively.

Best Western International, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $17K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $22K. Workers at Comfort Inn and Suites, Quality Inn & Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $17K.

Pay by Experience Level for Housekeeper

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


Housekeepers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $20K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $22K. Housekeepers bring in $24K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $26K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $20,900

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For those looking to make money, Housekeepers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 54 percent above the national average. Housekeepers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+52 percent), Las Vegas (+28 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

Housekeeper Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Housekeeper?

Housekeeper in Alberta:
"Helping Out."
Pros: Helping seniors with there daily life, being there for them, when they are unable to do it them selves.
Cons: Not appriceaded, from the senior management.

Housekeeper in Grand Forks:
"I was harassed everyday I worked."
Pros: Co- workers were awesome. The only reason I showed for work everyday.
Cons: Getting harassed everyday by the owner of the hotel.

Housekeeper in Modesto:
"Its frustrating."
Pros: I get to work alone, I enjoy being able to help others and I build great relationships with my clients.
Cons: I get taken advantage of when I'm played...I don't get paid what I'm worth or no matter how good of job I do or how many hours I work I dont get compensated. I don't get paid extra for doing carpets, windows. Laundry services, cooking or pet care.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Key Stats for Housekeeper

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 458 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Housekeeper Salaries

▲26%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$21,000

▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 458 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 37%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 60%
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