Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?
What skills should you learn to increase your salary?
It is more likely that individuals or families recruit house managers than companies - companies sometimes have 'houses' or properties used by their executives for company meetings etc. but the people managing these houses are more often housekeepers, working under the auspices of a corporate director, than house managers. A 'top earner' as a house manager (which in the USA is sometimes referred to as a major domo and in Europe as a seneschal) would receive a NET - that is, take home - salary of around £70,000, plus accommodation, car, medical insurance and possibly other benefits.
To be a professional house manager, it is helpful to have corporate as well as 'domestic' experience as this usually helps you to understand the demands and pressures experienced by your employers. You should have a good understanding, and experience, of staff management, motivation and training, accounts, logistics, maintenance, project management and catering and events management - just as a start.