How Much Does a Maid Cost?
$116 - $235
$116 - $235
Updated January 28, 2022Reviewed by Tara Dudley, Landscape Designer, Landscape Project Coordinator and Owner of Plant Life Designs.
The average maid services charges between $40 and $80 per hour for each cleaner. Most homeowners report costs between $116 and $235 or $169 on average. In some cases, they may charge $0.07 to $0.15 per square foot or a flat rate of $30 to $60 per room.
Costs range depending on a few factors, including:
Location: Labor costs and overhead can double or triple between areas.
Type of cleaning: Regular, one time, move out or deep cleaning. The messier it is, the more it’ll cost.
Company or freelance: You’ll generally pay slightly less for independent contractors.
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|Typical Range||$116 - $235|
|Low End - High End||$65 - $350|
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Maid services often run $100 to $300 for a 1.5 to 3 hour cleaning. How often you have a maid service come to your house depends on your needs and your schedule. You may only need a little help once in a while to keep the mess from getting away from you or your schedule is so full you need weekly visits. Here is an idea of what the various schedules for housekeepers are:
|Type of Schedule||Cost|
|Hourly||$40 – $80 per hour|
|Square Feet||$0.07 – $0.15 per square foot|
|Weekly||$75 – $200 per visit|
|Monthly||$100 – $250 per visit|
|One Time||$125 – $300 per visit|
|Full Time||$1,200 – $2,500 per month|
|Live In||$30,000 – $60,000 annually|
Weekly and bi-weekly visits are not only more cost effective, they're also healthier. A routine cleaning of your home reduces allergens, bacteria, and other health concerns for your family. A weekly visit can save $5 to $10 per visit on maid services for cleaning, not including what you'll save if you don't have to buy your own cleaning products.
Maid services charge $40 to $80 per hour per worker. Most services send two maids to work together, so expect a job to take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours and cost $50 to $360 total.
You’ll spend anywhere from $0.07 to $0.15 square feet for most jobs. On some work, like a deep clean for a move out, you might spend closer to $0.20 or more per square foot. Your location and what types of work you need done play the biggest role in pricing. Most maid services come to your home, inspect it and give you a personalized quote. But for general ranges, you can estimate your costs with the following table.
|Square Feet||Cost Range|
|<1,000||$50 – $200|
|1,001 – 2,000||$75 – $300|
|2,001 – 3,000||$140 – $450|
|3,001+||$210 – $600+|
Weekly: $75-$200. Ideal for busy professionals and families with multiple children or those with social obligations.
Bi-weekly: $100-$250. The most popular schedule for most homes, this keeps all the major cleaning done. It's ideal for someone who is busy, but not overloaded with work or social commitments.
The more often they come, the less each visit costs. Also, with regularly scheduled visits, the maid service also provides the chemicals, so that you don't have to buy them (unless you require certain products due to allergies, environmental concerns, etc.)
Monthly maid services cost anywhere from $125 to $300 and includes a slightly deeper cleaning than weekly services. While more costly for the visit than a weekly schedule, it’s suited to people who don't entertain a lot or have a slightly more relaxed schedule.
One time maid services cost anywhere from $125 to $300 for the visit for the average home. Homes exceeding 4,000 square feet or those needing extreme cleaning may double that price.
One time services include:
Before and after events.
Moving out or in.
Annual deep clean.
A full time maid costs anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500 a month, depending on what duties you assign and where you live. Full-time situations differ from one off services as the scope of the job is usually more expansive. You might have a full time maid clean, cook, run errands and even help with the children.
Live in maids cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 per year plus room and board. They typically have the most expansive job duties over any other type. You’ll have to negotiate responsibilities on a case by case basis, but they might include:
Errands & Grocery Shopping
|1||$90 – $180|
|2||$120 – $240|
|3||$150 – $300|
|Kitchen||$40 – $80|
|Full Bath||$35 – $60|
|Half Bath||$20 – $30|
|Bedroom||$30 – $40|
|Living Room||$30 – $40|
|Home Office||$20 – $30|
|Halls/Stairs||$15 – $30|
|Service||Average Fee Range|
|Window Cleaning||$4 – $10 a window and $3 a screen|
|Refrigerator||$20 – $80|
|Oven Cleaning||$20 – $50|
|Move-In/Move-Out||$200 – $400|
|Carpet Shampoo||$75 – $200 or $0.15 – $0.30 per square foot|
|Cleaning the Fridge||$10 – $40|
|Polishing or Waxing Floors||$25 – $50|
|Changing Bedsheets||$10 – $20 per bed|
|Wash and Dry Laundry||$5 – $20 per load|
|Dusting Blinds||$10 – $30|
|Polish Wood Surfaces||$20 – $40|
|Cleaning Interior of Cabinets||$20 – $50|
|Baseboard Cleaning||$25 – $75|
Cleaning an entire house costs $200 to $500 on average. Whole house cleaning goes above and beyond simply dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing. This is similar other services you may consider:
Move out cleaning costs: $110-$650
Deep cleaning costs: $200-$400
Construction cleaning costs: $275-$675
There are many maid services to choose from. They range from individual people looking for extra income to full-fledged corporations with nationwide services. Which one you choose depends entirely on your personal preferences.
Independent operators: $12-$25 an hour. As independents, you can sometimes negotiate an acceptable rate. Few, if any, will require a contract, and changes to your cleaning schedule are usually not a problem.
Maid service companies: $25-$80 per hour. Many require contracts and may or may not be able to accommodate last-minute schedule changes. However, maid service companies have better dependability.
Note: If you choose to work with an independent contractor, ensure they're bonded, insured and licensed. While a professional without these credentials may cost less, you are putting yourself at financial risk if an accident occurs (something breaks, the contractor is hurt on site) during the cleaning.
Number and type of rooms. The more rooms you have the more expensive it’ll be. Bathrooms require the harshest cleaners and require more time than low use rooms.
Allergies and chemical sensitiveness can also cost you a bit more by requiring expensive cleaners. Discuss this with your cleaner prior to hiring them.
If you have valuable items, such as fine art or musical instruments, discuss how and if the maid needs to clean these. Also ask if the service carries insurance.
Pets tend to take more time to clean after and require more equipment. Ask your maid service if this comes as part of the price or runs extra.
Tall ceiling fans and multiple stories mean more time spent moving equipment and cleaning hard to reach areas. This may increase your bill.
Standard vs. eco-friendly cleaners. Many people prefer environmentally-friendly, non-toxic products. If this is what you want, you need to be clear about this from the start.
There’s nothing wrong with DIY cleaning if you have the time to do it and the attention to detail a professional has. Cleaning isn’t a highly skilled project, it’s just time consuming to keep up on all the deep cleaning projects around your home. The minute you clean one room, the next needs it again.
Hiring a pro on a weekly or bi-weekly basis lets you do the daily chores, like dishes, and leaves the bigger stuff to a professional. This frees up your time to spend with the family, socializing or focusing on your professional life. Find more time and keep your home clean and sanitized by hiring a local maid service today.
Housekeepers cost about the same as maids, or $75 to $175 on average. In most places, there are few practical differences between a maid an a housekeeper beside the name.
However, in some areas you might identify a maid as someone supplied by a cleaning service, such as Merry Maids, and a housekeeper as someone hired directly by the homeowners. In other areas, the differences might come down to duties, with a maid doing general cleaning while a housekeeper helps with other chores like dishes, cooking and shopping.
Molly maids costs fall within the general range of maid services or $100 to $300. However, they customize each job and it might fall outside that range, depending on your needs.
Merry maids doesn’t charge per hour, they charge per home. They also have custom pricing, but generally falls within the $100 to $300 typical cost.
|Dallas, TX||$120 – $220|
|Atlanta, GA||$125 – $235|
|Los Angeles, CA||$115 – $220|
|New York, NY||$115 – $235|
|Chicago, Il||$90 – $185|
|Denver, CO||$115 – $225|
|Seattle, WA||$120 – $240|
|San Francisco, CA||$125 – $235|
|Miami, FL||$90 – $180|