Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 1,212,800 people employed as maids and housekeeping cleaners in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $26,200.
Entry level employees earn approximately $19,370 per year and senior employees earn approximately $39,140
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Empty wastebaskets, empty and clean ashtrays, and transport other trash and waste to disposal areas.
- Sweep, scrub, wax, or polish floors, using brooms, mops, or powered scrubbing and waxing machines.
- Replenish supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items.
- Clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, using vacuum cleaners and shampooers.
- Wash windows, walls, ceilings, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary.
- Dust and polish furniture and equipment.
- Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers.
- Observe precautions required to protect hotel and guest property and report damage, theft, and found articles to supervisors.
- Sort, count, and mark clean linens and store them in linen closets.
- Sort clothing and other articles, load washing machines, and iron and fold dried items.
- Assign duties to other staff and give instructions regarding work methods and routines.
- Move and arrange furniture and turn mattresses.
- Answer telephones and doorbells.
- Replace light bulbs.
- Deliver television sets, ironing boards, baby cribs, and rollaway beds to guests' rooms.
- Hang draperies and dust window blinds.
- Request repair services and wait for repair workers to arrive.
- Prepare rooms for meetings and arrange decorations, media equipment, and furniture for social or business functions.
- Remove debris from driveways, garages, and swimming pool areas.
- Wash dishes and clean kitchens, cooking utensils, and silverware.
- Polish silver accessories and metalwork, such as fixtures and fittings.
- Run errands, such as taking laundry to the cleaners and buying groceries.
- Keep storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy.
- Carry linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts.
- Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, locker rooms, and other work areas so that health standards are met.