Housekeeper job descriptions

A housekeeper is employed in either domestic or commercial service. He or she performs basic upkeep including, but not limited to, house or office cleaning, laundry and cooking. The housekeeper assures that a home or facility is tidy and sanitary and has all the supplies needed to run smoothly. There are several other elements that a housekeeper job description can include depending on the employer's needs.

Read more about housekeeping jobs and the responsibilities of a housekeeper.

Typical Job Responsibilities for a Housekeeper

A housekeeper cleans all rooms to which she is charged or assigned. The housekeeper dusts, sweeps, mops, vacuums and scrubs. He or she maintains all cleaning supplies and equipment; makes beds; does laundry; irons clothes and washes windows. A housekeeper maintains compliance with the regulations of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). And works under the direction and policies of the employer. In non-commercial positions, the housekeeping jobs can also include grocery shopping and cooking as well. A housekeeper job description may also include a nanny role for a young kids in the employer's family.

Housekeeping Jobs

Housekeepers are employed private residences, by property management firms, in hospitality facilities and by cleaning companies. A candidate seeking this type of employment can apply directly to the company for which he would like to work. He may find these jobs advertised in the classified section of his local newspapers. Housekeeper jobs are also posted on online job search boards such as, and Professional organisations such as the International Executive Housekeeper Association provide resources and networking opportunities for those seeking employment. He may also find success using the services of an employment agency that specialises in the placement of domestic professionals

Qualitative Requirements

To be a successful housekeeper, a candidate must be dexterous, able to lift or move heavy furniture. A housekeeper must be able to stand for long periods of time. He or she must be able kneel, crouch and/or crawl; work around chemical cleaning solutions; and must know how to properly use cleaning equipment such as a vacuum cleaner. A housekeeper must be self-motivated and able to complete his/her tasks with little or no supervision.

Educational Requirements

No formal education is required to work as a housekeeper. The successful candidate must have knowledge of cleaning and sanitation products. He must also understand how to properly clean sensitive materials such as wood without damaging them.

Average Compensation

According to, in 2009 the average housekeeper working in the United States earns an annual base salary of £13,777. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the employment of building cleaning workers to increase by 14 per cent within the decade of 2006 through 2016.

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About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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