Housekeeper Job Description
Housekeepers perform light cleaning duties to maintain hospitals, hotels, private homes, and other establishments. The exact responsibilities for housekeepers vary depending on their place of employment. For instance, those who work in private homes may perform tasks that go beyond regular cleaning duties. They may take care of grocery shopping, care for pets, or perform other errands as needed. In hotels and hospitals, housekeepers are responsible for making beds, vacuuming floors, dusting furniture, cleaning windows, replenishing supplies, cleaning bathrooms, and performing other light cleaning tasks. In all cases, housekeepers interact directly with their customers. Being friendly and polite is necessary to have a career in this occupation.
Work Environment and Schedule
Most housekeepers work in hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and private households. Though the responsibilities are similar for jobs in each location, the working environment can vary greatly. Working as a housekeeper can be physically demanding. Housekeepers spend almost all of their time working on their feet, and are often required to move heavy objects like mattresses and furniture. Sometimes, housekeepers have to clean up things that are…well…pretty disgusting. To protect their health, they need to take proper precautions when dealing with human waste, blood, and other items that could pose health risks. Most housekeepers work full time. Those who work in hospitals, hotels and nursing homes are often required to work nights and weekends.
How to Become a Housekeeper
Most employers train housekeepers on the job, and there are rarely any formal education requirements. Entry level housekeepers normally work under the supervision of a more experienced housekeeper as they learn how to perform the job. As they get the experience they need to perform their job independently, their level of responsibility increases. Even experienced housekeepers need to go through a training process when they move from one employer to another. Each business has their own cleaning and operational standards that have to be learned on the job.
There are currently 1,427,300 housekeepers in the United States, with 35,190 new housekeeper job openings created each year.
Housekeeper jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Housekeeper salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most housekeepers make between $17,600 – $23,700 per year, or $8.44 – $11.39 per hour.