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January 31, 2021

Reviewed by Asya Biddle, Cleaning Services Professional & Owner of The Dust Busters, Williamsport, PA
Written by HomeAdvisor.

Housekeeping Prices

Housekeepers charge an average of $15 to $40 per hour or $0.05 to $0.15 per square foot. Cleaning the typical 2,600-square-foot home costs $130 to $390 and takes 1 to 3 hours to complete. Full-time salaries range from $25,000 to $60,000 while live-in housekeepers charge $1,200 to $2,500 a month plus room and board.

A housekeeper is more than a maid. They offer a range of services from general cleaning, dishes and laundry to full-time duties that include childcare, shopping and cooking. They offer weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, full-time and live-in levels of service. Determine the type you need by budget and your day to day schedule.

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Average Cost of a Housekeeper

Average Cost$175
High Cost$390
Low Cost$130

How Much is a Housekeeper?

Live-In (includes room and board)$1,200 - $2,500 per month
Full-Time$25,000 - $60,000 per year
Daily$50 - $200 per visit (1-4 hours)
Weekly$75 - $200 per visit (2-4 hours)
Per Hour$12 - $50

Live-In Housekeeper Cost

Hiring a live-in housekeeper costs $1,200 to $2,500 per month plus food, room and all utilities. Because they live-in your home, you can negotiate on-call hours and working hours. This arrangement provides the most flexibility for those with unstable schedules. While it costs more to hire someone to live-in your home, they often have a more comprehensive list of duties including:

  • General cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Errands
  • Childcare
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Full-Time Housekeeper Cost

Hiring a full-time housekeeper costs $1,200 to $2,500 per month. While slightly more expensive than a live-in, it's only salary - no room or board included. They'll also have a more rigid schedule and responsibilities you'll negotiate at the time of hire.

Daily Housekeeper Cost

A daily housekeeper costs $50 to $200 per day. Also considered a part-time housekeeper, they come once a day for a few hours to do general cleaning, cooking and sometimes shopping. Part time housekeeping makes sense for those without children or with fewer home care needs.

Housekeeping Cost Per Hour

Housekeepers generally charge $15 to $40 per hour but make as little as $12 per hour and as much as $50 per hour depending on location, experience and duties. Although hourly rates may seem high, keep in mind that they're shouldering all the burden of benefits, taxes and overhead for travel to and from your home.

How Much do Housekeepers Charge?

Housekeepers generally charge $100 to $200 per visit or $0.05 to $0.15 per square foot when doing cleaning chores. Usually, when hiring, you work out a daily, weekly or monthly rate worked. The more often you have them come to our home, the less you'll pay per visit.

While it's rare to negotiate pay for each individual task, here are some ranges to help guide you during the negotiation process.

Housekeeping Prices List

General Cleaning$0.05 - $0.15 per square foot
Laundry (wash, dry, fold & iron)$10 - $20 per load
ShoppingPrice negotiable based on distance, traffic, fuel and time spent.
Childcare*$15 - $40 per hour
Cooking$15 - $40 per hour

*If your "housekeeper" will be expected to perform childcare services, check to see if they are certified in CPR and First Aid during the interview process, or have a background in education. Their certifications or previous experience may add to their cost.

Are you establishing your own housekeeping service prices? Check out our guide on how to charge for house cleaning services.

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Housekeeping Price Factors

If your housekeeping service charges by the hour, expect to pay $12 to $40 per hour depending on the type of community you live in. Small rural communities are often on the lower end of the scale due to lower costs of living and overhead. Otherwise you could pay anywhere between $100 to $400 per visit. While a housekeeping job can be priced on several scales, there are common factors.

  • Size: Home size, including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, influences the cost significantly.
  • Household size: The more people in a house, the greater the clutter.
  • Pet Occupancy: Pets mean more time spent removing fur, cleaning accidents, or tidying toys.
  • Frequency: You'll pay less the more often they come.
  • Special Services: Each housekeeper has their own set of services they offer as a "basic package" which doesn't always include things like laundry, cleaning walls, cooking, shopping, childcare or lawncare.
  • Experience level: You'll pay more for an experienced housekeeper. Experienced housekeepers often have the best reputations and references and work both more efficiently and more effectively.

If you choose an individual to perform "housekeeping duties", ensure they're bonded, insured and licensed. Those who are not may charge less than the average for their services, but are leaving you at risk if an accident (an item is broken, the professional is harmed on the property, etc.) occurs while they're in your home.

DIY vs. Hire a Housekeeper

It's not a question of whether you can do the tasks a housekeeper does, it's whether you have the time. Busy professionals and those with a house full of kids (and more often with both) simply don't have the time. Ask yourself if what a housekeeper costs is worth the time you'll save to devote to your work or simply giving yourself time to relax and recharge for the next day. Talk to a local professional housekeeper today to find out if the fit is right for you.


Do I need to hire a housekeeper?

You may not need to hire a housekeeper, but you might benefit from it. People who can benefit from a housekeeper include:

  • Those with very busy schedules.
  • A person with a physical disability.
  • Frequent travelers.
  • The elderly.

What questions should I ask when hiring a housekeeper?

There are some important questions to ask either on the phone or during the in-home consultation:

  • What services do you offer?
  • Do you provide references?
  • Do you run background checks?
  • Do you provide the supplies?
  • Will it be the same people each time?
  • Who do I call if there's a problem?
  • Are you okay with pets?
  • Do I have to be home?
  • Are you fully licensed, bonded and insured?

If you're still unsure, you can find more questions and tips to choose a cleaning service.

How much does it cost to deep clean a house?

Home deep cleaning costs $200 to $400 on average. But, for serious grime or large homes, you might pay up to $700.

What's the difference between a maid and a housekeeper?

Generally, maid services only clean and often come from a cleaning service. Housekeepers are often hired independently or through a referral service. They also tend to take on more tasks than a maid.

However, many people use the term "housekeeper" in place of the term "maid". For many, "housekeeper" is seen as a more gender-neutral term. When you are hiring a maid or a housekeeper, be sure you both agree on what the position entails and what term fits best.

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