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Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners in California

May also be called: Housekeepers; Housekeeping Aides; Housekeeping Assistants; Housekeeping Attendants; and Housepersons

What Would I Do?

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners do light cleaning tasks in homes and commercial companies. The work setting determines their additional duties. Their activities range greatly from grocery shopping to delivering rollaway beds to hotel rooms.

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners work in homes, hospitals, and commercial establishments, like hotels. While most work full time, their hours may vary depending upon the work location. They may work during the day, evenings, weekends, or night shifts. The work can be physically demanding.

Will This Job Fit Me?

Those who like working independently may enjoy the job of Maid and Housekeeping Cleaner. It is also helpful to enjoy doing physical activities.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners in California is $23,770 annually, or $11.43 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Benefits vary greatly for Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners. Benefits may be limited for part-time workers. Larger companies may provide medical, dental, life, and vision insurance. Additionally, they may offer vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans. Often employers will provide uniforms to Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

What is the Job Outlook?

Overall job opportunities should be good for Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners. However, like many occupations, employment may be sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.

How Do I Qualify?

There are no formal training or education requirements. Most Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners are trained on the job. New Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners typically work beside a more experienced Cleaner. The new Cleaners gain more tasks and more difficult work as they gain experience.

Finding a Job

Most job seekers get hired by applying directly to hospitals, hotels, and motels. Newspaper classified ads and the Internet provide sources of job listings. Applicants may also find employment opportunities through cleaning or staffing agencies. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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