What does a Housekeeper do?

A housekeeper manages the affairs of a household, ensuring cleanliness and organization. Duties may include cleaning, laundry and grocery shopping, as well as child and pet care. A housekeeper may live in the household or separately.

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Working as a Housekeeper

The duties of a housekeeper vary by employer and place of work. Housekeeping at a hotel versus a small household of four will differ in certain areas. The general tasks of a housekeeper include but are not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining the general cleanliness of the home
  • Managing the laundry
  • Removing garbage and recycling
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Basic maintenance of the home exterior, such as sweeping the front porch, cleaning patio furniture and watering the plants
  • Accepting mail and packages, supervising and liaising with tradespeople and contractors while the homeowner is away
  • Keeping household supplies stocked and up to date
  • House- and pet-sitting
  • Running errands for the homeowners. Sometimes childcare is requested, though this is usually reserved for a nanny
  • Basic bookkeeping and management of household expenses
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How much does a Housekeeper make in the United States?

96.7k salaries reported, updated at August 1, 2021
per hour

The average salary for a housekeeper is $12.46 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Commuter assistance
  • Wellness program
  • AD&D insurance
  • Adoption assistance
  • Employee assistance program
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Housekeeper

What is the difference between a maid, a housekeeper and a house cleaner?

Maid is another, old-fashioned, word for housekeeper, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Both a maid and a housekeeper are hired by the household who provides everything needed for the job of cleaning and maintenance. A housekeeper (or maid's) role may extend further in responsibility than that of a house cleaner, to the realm of childcare and house sitting. There are also live-in housekeepers who provide care for the family and the household on a full-time basis. House cleaners are hired on an hourly or daily basis and usually bring their own cleaning products.

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