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Top 20 Cities and Rates from Care.com

Householders: When figuring out how much to pay a professional house cleaner, it's important to offer fair, competitive house cleaning rates. After all, you're investing in your home - and the time you'll get back to do things you value more. There are many factors that influence the cost of a house cleaner including location, the size of your home and the type and frequency of cleaning services. Use the going housekeeping rates below to help determine the proper hourly wage to pay in your city.

Professional house cleaners: Use the going rates below to help determine how much to charge for house cleaning services where you live.

Pay Rates for Top Cities

City House Cleaning Housekeepers
Houston, TX $19.00/hr $19.25/hr
Chicago, IL $20.50/hr $19.50/hr
New York, NY $20.75/hr $21.25/hr
Miami, FL $20.00/hr $21.25/hr
Brooklyn, NY $20.50/hr $20.00/hr
Los Angeles, CA $23.00/hr $23.25/hr
Las Vegas, NV $19.25/hr $19.75/hr
Philadelphia, PA $19.25/hr $18.25/hr
Orlando, FL $18.00/hr $16.25/hr
San Antonio, TX $18.75/hr $17.50/hr
Austin, TX $19.75/hr $21.75/hr
Denver, CO $21.50/hr $20.50/hr
Portland, OR $19.75/hr $16.75/hr
Fort Lauderdale, FL $20.25/hr $19.75/hr
Charlotte, NC $18.00/hr $19.25/hr
Atlanta, GA $19.50/hr $20.25/hr
Dallas, TX $19.00/hr $18.25/hr
Stamford, CT $23.00/hr $23.50/hr
San Diego, CA $21.50/hr $21.50/hr
Minneapolis, MN $19.50/hr $19.25/hr

What impacts pay rates

Several factors can impact what you pay a housekeeper. First calculate your basic hourly pay rate. Then use the calculator above to adjust it to your specific house cleaning needs.

Geographical location

  • Major metropolitan areas tend to have higher rates than rural areas.
  • Suburbs can also have higher rates than rural areas, especially if they serve a large commuter population and are near a major city.

Hours of work

  • Do you need a live-in housekeeper, part-time housekeeper or just occasional cleaning?
  • Enter the number of hours you expect the housekeeper to work and then adjust the rate to your individual situation.

Additional services

  • Asking your housekeeper to help with things like deep cleaning or doing the laundry may increase the cost. Be sure to speak with your housekeeper about the things that are included in your rate so that both of you know what the expectations are.
  • In addition, be sure to specify if you will require your housekeeper to bring cleaning equipment & cleaning supplies as this can also impact the final rate.