Hospital housekeepers do more than just keep patients' rooms, rest rooms and other important areas clean and tidy. Their duties often include sanitising and disinfecting surfaces and equipment. They usually learn on the job, where their employers train them in efficient, safe and effective housekeeping practices. Hospital housekeepers earn more than the average wages of housekeepers in all industries.
The average housekeeper in medical and surgical hospitals earned £7.20 per hour as of 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This comes to an annual salary of £15,047 for 52 weeks of full-time work. Housekeepers in nursing care facilities, however, earned less, averaging only £6.40 per hour, or £13,481 per year. Those working in community care for the elderly averaged £6.40 per hour or £13,390 per year.
Hospital housekeeper salaries range from £12,146 per year at the 25th percentile to £28,082 at the 75th percentile, according to CB Salary in June 2011. The median salary of housekeepers nationwide comes to £17,240 per year. Half earn more and half earn less than the median salary.
Comparison with Other Housekeepers
The average housekeeper in all industries in the Bureau of Labor survey earned £6.60 per hour as of 2010. This comes to an average annual income of £13,747 for full-time employment. The highest-paid housekeepers worked for financial investment companies in 2010, where 420 housekeepers averaged £12.0 per hour or £25,103 per year.
As of 2010, the government counted 865,960 housekeeper jobs in all industries. A total of 113,550, or about 13 per cent, were in hospitals, making this industry the second-largest employer. An additional 80,580 were in nursing care, and 39,130 were in community care for the elderly. The largest employer of housekeepers, traveller accommodation, employed 403,890 housekeepers earning an average of £13,422 per year.
Job prospects for housekeepers overall will be good from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although the number of jobs for housekeeping cleaners in all industries will increase only by 6 per cent, new cleaners will also find jobs replacing the many who leave this type of work. Continuing growth in health care will also drive a greater increase in housekeeping jobs in hospitals.
Advancement to supervisory positions in housekeeping jobs usually requires a minimum of a high school education. In hospitals, housekeeping supervisors frequently have some secondary training or a four-year college degree. Supervisors with a bachelor's degree can achieve the Registered Executive Housekeeper designation from the International Executive Housekeepers Association. The requirements include a bachelor's degree, additional courses and examinations. Hospital housekeeping supervisors frequently have this designation since cleaning standards must be high in the industry.