The Housekeeping Job Guide: How Much to Charge for Housekeeping

Pay rates for house cleaners

Now that you've decided to look into work as a housekeeper, you will want to figure out how much you would charge for your services.

Housekeepers generally need to look at the home to be cleaned in order to assess how much to charge. They set up an in-home consultation with prospective employers to get a better understanding of the home, the cleaning requirements, and exactly what they will be expected to do, in order to determine the correct price.

What to consider when figuring out how much to charge

  • size of the home (number of bedrooms/bathrooms)
  • frequency of cleaning (weekly, bimonthly)
  • number of people and pets in the household
  • level of clutter (can you access the areas to be cleaned?)
  • number of different surfaces to be cleaned
  • special requirements, such as cleaning windows
  • your level of experience
  • number of people cleaning (an individual or team from an agency)
  • whether you will be paid by the job or by the hour

Estimating what to charge for housecleaning services

  • To check what hourly rates are for comparable services in your area, go to and enter your zip code to see what other housekeepers are charging. Rates may vary greatly from one area of the country to another.
  • Ask other housekeepers in your area how much they charge for cleaning services
  • Compare their level of experience with yours, and then charge accordingly

Be prepared to negotiate with prospective employers in order to arrive at a fair price that reflects your skills and experience. As you negotiate, you will have to be clear about how much you want the work versus the price that a client is willing to pay. When starting out, it may be helpful to charge a lower rate than others and to build up a group of clients who will give you good recommendations. This will then enable you to raise your rates as your become known for your high quality work.

Once you have figured out how much to charge, and that you want to move forward to get a job as a housekeeper, you will want to advertise your services on and then prepare for a job interview.

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Comments (127)
And Verakiz I forgot to address your comments about what you were charging...I totally understand. At first, you just want the buisness..then you realize you completely undercut your worth and expertise! Ladies...PLEASE DON'T UNDERCUT YOUR VALUE! If you are truly great at what you do, you are worth every cent you charge!
Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:16 PM
To Verakiz... i agree. With facebook, instagram and so many other social media sites it is SO imperative that you have excellent communication skills and to speak to clients clearly. You can be the BEST houskeeper in the world, but if you come across that you don't understand the business process you WILL be taken advantage of! I have been doing this for 10 years and even the best of clients (who sometimes become dear friends) will, unfortunately, try to undercut your value. Buisness is buisness. The wise buisness man or woman understands to keep friendship and buisness separate.
Posted: October 25, 2015 at 10:09 PM
Last week was my very first time having someone come and clean my house. This lady was referred to us by a neighbor and quoted me $400.00 for my home. I have a one story 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home. Becuase $400.00 was too much for me, I did not want her to compromise her value for my budget, so I told her to only clean the kitchen, one bathroom, the hallway and the livingroom. I saved the master bathroom for my 3 kids to clean and each person in the house was responisble for cleaning their own bedroom. We agreed on $200.00 for the rooms she cleaned. She worked SOOOOO hard that I went ahead and added an extra $100.00 because of the quality of work and all the extras she did that I did not know needed to be cleaned like my blinds, the light fixtures, etc...

I am a bank manager and I make $35.00/hour. I think these ladies cleaning should not compromise on their price. I think 25-35 dollars is not bad depending on the quality of work and all that they do. While I can't afford $400.00 per month, I would recommend her becuase she killed it and my house looked better than it did when I bought it 9 years ago. She was awesome and well worth the money.
Posted: October 06, 2015 at 1:04 AM
Cleaning Lady
You should NOT charge less than $20 an hour, EVER. If people can afford to hire you, they can afford to pay you as well. Do you bring your own cleaning supplies, rags, mop heads? Charge $25 per hour, and if they don't want to pay it, go elsewhere. Do you do a good job? Are you honest? Do you have to drive or take a bus to get there? $25-$30 an hour is completely reasonable, and don't even bat an eye. You deserve it.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Need some insight on how to charge for a 2story,3bed 2bth,Harwood,tile floors and cleaned every 2 weeks . located in Virginia???
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 9:23 AM
NEVER clean a house if they don't have a check made out for you, you can lose so much that way if they say it is to much, ask them what room would they like to take off, never drop your price! After you have size the house you know what it t Ames to clean it and the hrs you will need to put in.
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 12:20 PM
It's crazy seeing all the comments of $25-$30 for 3-5 hours of work. The companies here charge $70 an hour for 2 people. I am cleaning privately and charge $50 an hour.
Posted: August 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM
I've been cleaning homes for 18 years now. I've found that people will pay you according to how well you work. I charge $25-$30 an hour to clean a home. But there are other clients that can't afford to pay that they are low income or they have disability . So I charge them less. I enjoy my work and the people that I am work for. This month I got paid even though my clients are on vacation. The paid me for my birthday too. You are the one and only person that can make your business work or not work. Every person is different you will have good and bad experiences in this job but if you like the hours in the work you will continue doing it. I have clients that I have been cleaning their homes for three decades now. It's too short to be in unhappy with any kind of job. I chose this work because I'm really good at it. Believe me some people are not good cleaning a home.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 3:22 PM
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Laurie U.
I clean house. I have 15 years in experience in cleaning house Churches and offices. I charge by the job and square foot. I use to charge by the hour when I first started cleaning.but I change to cleaning by the job or square foot. I provide my own cleaning supplies and equipment.
Posted: July 05, 2015 at 2:44 AM
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Teresa L.
No Michelle. I would charge at least $25 an hour
Posted: June 26, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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Laurie U.
I have 15 years of experience in cleaning houses, churches and offices. I charged by the job not by the hour. I live in Spring tx. I know a person that changes also by the job and she charges150.00 for a 3 Br. House. I charge 75.00
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 10:44 PM
I started cleaning a resort the main lodge has seven bedrooms and four baths i do the laundry just wondering how much i should ask for? I have been getting 70.00 dollars but i spend up to five hours cleaning at a time and need to know if 70.00 is enough. Also many of the other cabins have bunk beds that are a pain to make should i charge more for the bunk beds any input would be helpful thank you.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:53 PM
I've been cleaning for over 15yrs. My family started a cleaning service & now I started my own the beginning of this yr. I had a new client the other day & his home is huge. 4br, 3ba, kitchen-extended kitchen, dinning room, family room, living room, wash room, basement, with 2 different rooms & bar area. When I gave him an estimate 3br were not included, dining room was not included, and living room was not included. He stated he didn't want me to bother those rooms. The estimate was for $125 & the first cleaning is always done by me so it can thoroughly be cleaned properly. I spent 6hrs there size alone you have your work cut out. The client is a divorced male with a ton of space. I ended up cleaning the entire home & the fee was now $225. He paid me $75 and said that he owe me $10 when he already knew the pay before the additional rooms were added. An entire day wasted but he called back & said I did a great job, better than the other cleaning service that provided a team of cleaners for $85 supposedly. I wasn't buying it.. He just wanted to get over on me. I did not like that at he want to pay me the rest of my money & would like me to continue to provide him service. I THINK NOT!!
Posted: May 12, 2015 at 11:44 AM
Krissi I just started my business,but was informed by an individual that .$17per sq feet is a good rate to charge. For renovation/new construction.
Posted: April 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM
I get social security $733 I pay rent of $400. This includes my cell phone. The rent was originally $500 but she cut it down to $400, if I polish and vacuum once a week do laundry twice a week and shower a handicapped man of 33yrs old five days a week three of those days I shave him. What should I actually charge this family for my you think I'm being taken advantage of. I've lived with the family since 1993 the mother passed away last year.I'm now 33yrs old.
Posted: April 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM
I used to work for a company that did construction cleaning for Suarez Housing & I also worked at a company doing residential cleaning. I personally loved my job doing the construction cleaning and was thinking about trying to get back into it on my own. I live in the Tampa,Fl area and there's been a lot of construction going on around here this year. When I used to work for the company we did a rough, including windows inside & out, 1st clean which included all the window frames & a 2nd clean after that & if need be touch ups. I have 2 questions. 1st, are the windows supposed to be included or do you charge extra for that and 2nd, how much should I charge per square foot? If someone could please get back with me on this it would be much appreciated. Thank you
Posted: April 10, 2015 at 6:11 AM
Hi, I started cleaning/running small errands for a elderly lady, she pays me 150.00 a week. Then she told her son/daughter in law about me. But she fibbed and told them she paid me 10.00 per hour. Then told me that she didn't want them to know how much she paid me. So, when they called that is what I told them. Big mistake!! My first day I get there ans there is a 3 page list of things to do including ironing and laundry inside frig, moving couches to clean underneath. This house is a 3 story home, with master bath and bedroom on the third floor, laundry in finished basement, 3 baths and about 2500 sq ft. It took me 8-9 hours to clean the first couple of times. Now it takes me 6.5 to 7 hours. I run up and down 28 stairs about 6-8 times, then less as I move my way down to main floor. Because their mom told them I was worth 15.00, I waited. Now, after 7 months, I feel I am being taken advantage of. I have yet to find any cleaner that does laundry. They do not do any laundry, so I am doing a weeks worth every time, 27 pairs of socks one week, 2 people, who wears that many socks!? They just sent me a text saying they were going to pay me, 13.00 hr. Funny thing is I was going to ask for 15.00 and extra 10.00 for every load of laundry. About 6-7 per week. This is a big house with wood, ceramic and marble floors. Every table is glass, two wine racks, tons of pictures on the tables and huge entertainment center (also with 6 glass shelves) 7 TVs, basement full of exercise equipment. I dust every ceiling fan, hanging picture/mirrors, change master bed sheets, clean inside the frig, put dishes out of the dishwasher away. Oh, the list goes on. Her list! Geeze, my mom made 17.00 hr. in the 80's. And she didn't do laundry. Am I wrong to want more money? I'm feeling a lot used! This home is about 25 miles away. Thanks for any input!!
Posted: April 05, 2015 at 12:43 PM
I currently work for someone and i was getting $125 now she moved to a 3bedroom apt and wants to pay me the same amount it should be more
Posted: March 04, 2015 at 12:13 PM
Val C.
Well Carolyn R.
If your complaining about that you had to go to college to make what people that clean make then maybe CLEANING is what you should be doing !!! I have been cleaning for 34 yrs, some of the clients I have, I have had that long ! I have always charged to little & many of my clients know that,they have encouraged me to raise my prices ! Having someone in your home is very unsettling for some people but having someone in your home that you can implisitly trust is pricless !!
Posted: February 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM
First off, it's sad that majority of comments were hard to read. People with poor grammar knowledge are expecting to be paid $30 an hour... no offence. Also, I was cleaning homes for nearly three years, I've just quit, it was supposed to be temporary job. My biggest mistake was starting off with lower rates comparing to "professional services". Even though I raised my rates about a year and a half later, my long time clients ended up paying less than the most recent ones, so new prospective clients would call and I couldn't take the jobs because I was stuck with a bunch of regulars that I've cleaned for for a while for cheap. Don't ever short change yourself, it will create a ton of issues and will be a huge discouragement for you. Cleaning services charge minimum of 25 dollars an hour here in Chicago.
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM
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