2019 Housekeeper rates

Hi, 

I would like to get an idea of how much a housekeeper should get compensated. I was reading previous threads but they are quite old. What do you pay your housekeeper, how big is your home, and do you have a minimum time requirement that they must stay in the home for? I know some cleaners work alone and will obviously need to stay longer, and others work as part of a team. 

Thank you in advance. 

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Our house has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Our long-term, highly trusted expert cleaner comes every two weeks and works alone. She's welcome to take as much or as little time as she needs; we've been her clients for more than a decade and she knows better than we do what needs to be done. We pay her $170 plus transit costs.

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I think most housekeepers charge by the house, not by the hour. My long-time housekeeper typically does one house in the morning and one in the afternoon, but I think on some days she has 3 houses if they are smaller. Most of her clients are weekly but she does have some that are every 2 weeks. I pay my housekeeper $150 each week. It takes her and her two helpers 2.5-3 hours to clean my 5br 4ba house, so that works out to $50-60/hour split three ways. I try to give her a raise every couple years and I'm probably overdue.

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We pay our house keeper $150 every two weeks for about 3 hours of cleaning. Our home is single story, 3bed/2bath. Took us a long time to find someone who accepted Venmo payments (and hot cash-only which is such a hassle!). Let me know if you need a referral. :)

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I have used the services of a women owned collective for over 10 years. They have a regular service which they outlined when I first hired them, which clarifies what they do on a regular basis. Anything extra, like cleaning the oven, windows, laundry, etc. must be arranged in advance for an additional charge. A regular team of two worker-owners comes every two weeks for 3 hours at $50/hr ($25/hr per worker).  I tip each worker $20/visit, $100 each Safeway gift card at Thanksgiving, and $200 each at Christmas. I have a 3-bedroom + study, 2 1/2 bath home. I worked as a housekeeper in high school. It's hard work. They really deserve to earn more, but it's what I can budget for now.

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I have a 3BR/2Bath house. My housekeeper charges by the house and she works alone.  It takes her 3 hours to clean it and I pay $110 so that comes out to about $35/hour. 

I started out paying her what she asked and then have given her $10 raise every year without her asking because she is AMAZING. I also give her a large end-of-year bonus ($500). 

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We were paying ours (a team of 3) $200 to clean a 3/2 and they stayed for about 2.5-3 hours. 

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We have a 3BR/2.5BA house. When I inquired, the going rate was about $150 (sometimes they charged more for the first cleaning, like $200) for once a month, and thereafter, reduced if more times a month (i.e. $120-130/twice a month). I inquired with 3 teams (all of them worked in pairs), and they did not charge by the hour, nor by the number of people cleaning. I think that makes sense, as they essentially charged for the work to be done on the house. They all were fine doing a free consultation to come look at your home and then give you a price (actually, I don't think they want to quote a price until they see the home). Hope that helps.