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Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Quick Facts : Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners*
2010 Median Pay$19,300
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,427,300
Job Outlook8% (Slower than average)
Employment Change111,600

Maids and housekeeping cleaners perform general cleaning tasks, including making beds and vacuuming halls, in private homes and commercial establishments. Some also shop for groceries, pick up and drop off dry cleaning, and do other errands.

What Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners Do

  • Change sheets and towels; make beds; wash, fold, and iron clothes
  • Empty wastebaskets and take trash to disposal areas
  • Replenish supplies, such as soap and toilet paper
  • Clean or polish windows, walls, and woodwork
  • Lift and move lightweight objects and equipment

Work Environment

Most maids and housekeeping cleaners work full time. Part-time maids and cleaners often work weekends and evenings, particularly those who work at hotels and hospitals. The work can be physically demanding.
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Job Outlook

Employment of maids and housekeeping cleaners is expected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average salary of maids and housekeeping cleaners was $19,300.
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Becoming a Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Most maids and housekeeping cleaners are trained on the job. Entry-level maids and housekeeping cleaners typically work alongside a more experienced cleaner and gain more responsibilities and more difficult work as they become experienced.
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