Chamber maids perform light cleaning tasks to ensure private residences, hotels, restaurants and hospitals are kept sanitary and clean. Other names for chamber maids include housekeeper, housekeeping aide, cottage attendant and room cleaner, according to O-NET.
Chamber maids use carts with wheels to carry linens, towels, toilet items and cleaning supplies, according to O-NET. They clean rooms and other areas in commercial businesses such as hallways, lobbies, rest rooms, elevators and stairways. Cleaning and emptying wastebaskets, ashtrays and disposing of trash are additional duties. They stock supplies, including toiletries, drinking glasses, linens and writing materials; they dust and polish furniture, and sweep, scrub and wax floors, rugs and carpets.
Most employers do not require chamber maids to have formal educations, although some might require a high school diploma or GED. Chamber maids are typically trained by an experienced worker and training may last between a few days to a few months, according to O-NET.
As of November 2010, the national hourly wage for chamber maids is between £5.70 and £9.80, and national overtime wages are between £6.50 and £10.70 per hour. Chamber maids also receive tips, and the national average tip wage, for 2010, is between 23 cents and 70p per hour, according to PayScale. Chamber maids also receive bonuses. The annual bonus wage for 2010 is between £62.9 and £323.1.