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.Read More...
Housekeepers do not have to be certified, and housekeeping positions usually do not have an education requirement. However, having a high school degree or GED is often recommended. It is also recommended that housekeepers are prepared to endure physically demanding work. During an average work day, a housekeeper may lift or move furniture or appliances, bend/crawl, remain on one’s feet for extended periods of time, and engage in strenuous scrubbing.
- Seal, wax, and buff floors and hard surfaces.
- Assist painters and security engineers when assigned.
- Clean sidewalks, including sweeping, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
- Clean individual units when vacated or requested.
- Sweep, mop, wash, dust and vacuum designated areas.
Common Career Paths for Housekeeper
Housekeepers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Hotel General Manager. The latter position pays an average of $52K annually. The most common next step for a Housekeeper is to become a Housekeeping Supervisor or a Maid or Housekeeper. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Housekeeper
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Housekeepers include Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Comfort Inn and Suites, and Marriott International, Inc. Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $31K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $20K to a high of $43K. Also paying near the top of the field are Marriott International, Inc. at $22K, Miners Inn at $20K, and Residence Inn By Marriott, where Housekeepers annually earn $19K.
Pay for Housekeepers is the lowest at Healthcare Services Group, Inc., which has a median salary of $17K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $21K. Workers at Hilton Garden Inn, Comfort Inn and Suites, and Quality Inn & Suites 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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $20K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $22K. Housekeepers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $24K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $26K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 52 percent, Housekeepers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Housekeepers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+47 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), Las Vegas (+26 percent), and Columbus (+17 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.