Average Housekeeper Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


Do you love to clean? Like, really love to clean? If the sound of a vacuum motor really makes you happy and you live for squeaky-clean shower doors, you’d probably make an awesome housekeeper.

But don’t assume this will be the perfect job just because you like to clean your house once a week. Housekeepers and maids clean up other people’s messes every shift, so you’ve gotta truly love the satisfaction that crisp sheets and a stack of bleached towels bring to your life. And some people can be downright nasty, so having a strong stomach can be a plus. Being fairly physically fit won’t hurt either. You’ll often be on your hands and knees scrubbing floors and bathtubs. And you’ll typically need to lift things (up to 25 pounds) on a regular basis.

Example housekeeper job description

Our family-run hotel is looking for a professional housekeeper who can attend to our facilities with integrity and attention to detail.

The hotel housekeeper is responsible for cleaning rooms and common areas, disposing of trash, changing bed linens and notifying maintenance of any issues. You should be able to lift 25 pounds and have an eye for cleanliness.

Typical duties include:

  • Perform a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, vacuuming and making beds

  • Ensure guest rooms are cared for and inspected according to our housekeeping standards

  • Notify supervisor of any damages

  • Deal with guest requests with professionalism and patience

  • Check stock levels of all cleaning supplies and linens and replace when necessary

  • Strictly adhere to health and safety rules


  • High school diploma or GED

  • Professional, friendly attitude

  • Work well unsupervised

  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds

  • Ability to maintain a professional appearance and interact positively with our guests

  • Good communication skills

  • Hard worker

Common questions about housekeeper jobs

How much does a housekeeper make?

The average housekeeper makes about $11 an hour. It’s not as common as restaurant tipping, but housekeepers often receive tips for a job well done.

What are the education requirements?

Housekeepers don’t have any specific education requirements, but they usually have a high school education. Most of their training is done on the job.

Career paths for housekeepers

A housekeeper can work their way up into a management role, supervising a housekeeping staff. They can also transfer their skills to a housekeeping service or work as a private maid for a family.

The future of housekeepers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of housekeepers is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than the average for all occupations.  Search for housekeeper jobs on Snagajob.

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