Housekeepers work in hospitals, hotels and other facilities that provide housing accommodations for temporary or permanent residents. They clean guest rooms and utilize maintenance and safety procedures while performing their day-to-day housekeeping duties. Executive housekeepers may not handle the daily cleaning responsibilities; they are responsible for overseeing the housekeeping staff within a given facility or department as managers or supervisors of their staff.
The minimum education requirement to obtain a position as an executive housekeeper is a high school diploma, and these housekeepers receive much of their training on the job. Housekeeping supervisors typically acquire on the job training in housekeeping techniques and procedures. It is not a requirement for executive housekeepers and other housekeeping supervisors to have a college degree, although the actual education and training requirements may vary by employer. However, many individuals in this managerial position may have completed some college courses or even have an associate’s degree.
Many employers seek out candidates for executive housekeeper positions who have a considerable amount of experience within the industry. Some employers promote housekeepers with a certain amount of experience within the company to managerial positions, including an executive housekeeper position. Additionally, the International Executive Housekeepers Association, or IEHA, offers certification programs to certify individuals as Registered Executive Housekeepers, or REH, and Certified Executive Housekeepers, or CEH. The REH certification program is offered to members and nonmembers of IEHA who have a college degree; this is the highest designated certification. Individuals with a high school diploma can participate in the CEH certification program. Both certifications require candidates to complete study courses and pass an examination. These certification programs may enhance an individual’s qualifications and potential to obtain a position as an executive housekeeper.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, supervisors of housekeepers and janitorial workers held 251,100 jobs in 2008; these supervisors are expected to hold 263,900 jobs by 2018, which is a 5% expected increase over a decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also says that the median hourly wages for first-line supervisors of housekeepers and janitorial workers were $16.34 as of May 2008.
The actual salary for an executive housekeeper may depend on the employer and industry of the employer. As of June 2011, Salary.com reports the median expected salary for an executive housekeeper is $44,202, whereas Indeed reports a slightly different average salary for an executive housekeeper, which is $38,000 as of June 2011.