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chyna's avatar

Does anyone know the going rate for a house cleaner per hour?

Asked by chyna (51024points) June 15th, 2021 from iPhone

Asking for a co-worker. Just general house cleaning every other week.

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snowberry's avatar

It depends on the neighborhood, whether they’re bonded and/or insured, if it’s a cleaning company where you work with a managment with people under them, or if you’re talking about dealing with a single person who works alone. There are too many variables to give you a firm answer. I’d start by calling around to competitors, and see what they say.

When I ran my business (I worked alone), I charged $15 to $20 an hour, depending on the job, where it was, and how much they needed me (sometimes I charged less because that’s what they could afford).

JLeslie's avatar

I think it varies a lot depending where you live, who is doing it, and if they bring their own cleaning supplies. I would say $20—$25 an hour is fairly typical per person if you supply everything. If it is a professional cleaning service it would be more like $40 per person and they bring everything with them. If it is a neighbor, like a teenager wanting some extra money, then more like $15—$20 and it won’t be as thorough usually, but satisfactory.

Some people don’t price by the hour if you are going to use them regularly, they give you a price per visit. Three bedroom around $2,000 sq. ft. will be around $125—$150 assuming it is all a surface clean, not including window or inside of a refrigerator, although most housekeepers do clean inside of the microwave. Some include changing the bed linens and some don’t. You might get it for $100 if it is weekly and overall you keep the place clean.

Edit: The cleaning services like Merry Maids are usually great if you need a really good very thorough clean. They are more expensive, but they send in 2 or 3 people at once, and they clean top to bottom in half the time.

chyna's avatar

This would be general housekeeping from an individual.

Caravanfan's avatar

We pay ours $75 to clean our house.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

We asked two years ago and it was $80 per visit (about six hours). If we had an individual come and do that more than every other week we would need to treat them as a household employee

“Is a regular cleaning lady subject to the nanny taxes? Is the cleaning lady a household employee?”

_“Any individual whom you employ to provide services in your home whom you pay directly AND whose total payments in the calendar year meets the IRS household employment threshold, $2200 currently (2020), must receive a W-2 from the employer (family) and the household employer must pay the payroll taxes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor employee and independent contractor advise, “most workers [who are classified as independent contractors] are employees under the FLSA’s broad definitions.” _

filmfann's avatar

My sister charges the flat $100.
First visit is double.

janbb's avatar

I’ve gone from $65 to $80 over several years for a single cleaner who comes every other week.

Side question for those who use one or know one: do you give annual raises to them or has the charge stayed the same?

JLeslie's avatar

@janbb $65 an hour?

janbb's avatar

@JLeslie No, for the whole job. For $65 an hour I would do it myself! She cleans the house in about 2½ hours. I see the confusion because the OP asked for hourly rate but almost everyone is quoting job rate.

JLeslie's avatar

I was just checking to make sure I understood since the OP did ask hourly. Is it so awful that I clarify? I don’t understand your frustration. You’re the one who didn’t write per hour or for the whole house. Most of the other jellies did make it clear.

A 1,500 sq. ft. 3/2 house would cost much less than a 4,000 sq. ft. 5/4 house and I have no idea how big the OP’s house is or yours for that matter.

janbb's avatar

@JLeslie I wasn’t frustrated; I think you’re reading something in my answer that wasn’t there. I realized why you were confused which is why I said what I said in the last sentence. I had no problem with your asking for clarification.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s my mistake. I read it as you didn’t see the confusion.

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jca2's avatar

I used to pay $80 for a two bedroom, one bath house.

I stopped using the cleaning person because I never went in the living room and one of the bedrooms, and I didn’t have her do laundry, so I was essentially paying her to clean the kitchen and one bedroom, and then she became unreliable.

It was a luxury service that was great to have if you can afford it.

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