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How much do house cleaners earn?

House cleaning services are always needed, but what does this mean for your earning potential? Whether you’re just getting started or thinking about setting up your own house cleaning business, we’ve broken down the average house cleaner salaries in the UK. Just keep on reading to find out more!

Average salary for house cleaners in the UK

House cleaners are always needed in homes across the UK. Whether working for a family with lots of responsibilities or a working professional who spends a lot of time away from their home, they’ll want their home clean.

At Checkatrade, we’ve gone ahead and worked out the average salaries for house cleaners at different stages of their careers.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,2720£9,139
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,6820£14,837
Employed£10.42£83.36£21,6740£18,232
Sole Trader£25£200£36,876£4,610£22,530
Business Owner (ltd company)£30.08£240.64£44,369£7,765£29,908
*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc

An apprentice house cleaner can earn around £9,272 per year.

For the owner of a house cleaning Limited Company, this can rise to around £44,369 per year.

How much does an experienced house cleaner earn?

House cleaner salaries vary in different parts of the country. In general, newly qualified house cleaners can expect to earn around £16,682 per year. This can increase to £21,674 for more experienced house cleaners working for a cleaning company.

The amount of money a house cleaner can earn will also depend on other several other factors. Location will play a large part in a house cleaner’s earning potential.

For example, house cleaners in London and southeast England will earn the most. However, those working in luxury apartments and more affluent areas can also expect a higher salary.

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How much can a self-employed house cleaner earn?

Before setting up your own cleaning business, you’ll probably want an idea of how much you could potentially earn? Well, we’ve done the maths and figured out the average self-employed cleaner salaries in the UK. This way, you can decide whether it’s worth taking the leap or not.

Running your own house cleaning business as a sole trader, you can expect to earn in the region of £36,876 per year.

If you’d prefer to set up your own house cleaning limited company, annual earnings could be nearer to £44,369 per year.

House cleaning business costs and expenses

Whether you decide to set up your house cleaning business as a sole trader or a limited company, you’ll want to understand how much your costs and expenses will be.

Our handy table uses general estimates to give you a realistic idea of how much money you’ll take home once all tax and expenses have been deducted.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearBusiness Costs*Approximate Take Home Pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,2720£9,139
Newly Qualified£9.50£76£16,6820£14,837
Employed£10.42£83.36£21,6740£18,232
Sole Trader£25£200£36,876£4,610£22,530
Business Owner (ltd company)£30.08£240.64£44,369£7,765£29,908
*includes estimated costs for business expenses such as vehicle, tools, insurance, fuel etc

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What is the average hourly rate for a house cleaner?

If you’re running a house cleaning business and you want to hire more cleaners, you’ll want to know what their pay expectations will be.

Pay will vary depending on experience and location. On average, you can expect to pay:

  • Apprentice – £5.28 per hour
  • Newly qualified – £9.50 per hour
  • Employed – £10.42 per hour
  • Sole trader – £25 per hour
  • Business owner (Ltd company) – £30.08 per hour

How much is the average house cleaner daily rate?

House cleaners tend to work at times that are convenient for the homeowner. This will usually be during the day when they are out at work. Paying a daily rate can be a good idea for both you and your employees.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to know the expected daily pay rate for house cleaners to make sure that you are competitive.

  • Apprentice – £42.24 per day
  • Newly qualified – £76 per day
  • Employed – £83.36 per day
  • Sole trader – £200 per day
  • Business owner (Limited company) – £240.64 per day

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How much can you earn oven cleaning?

Cleaning an oven can be challenging, and is a task many homeowners will put off. So, cleaning ovens can be a great way to boost your income and increase your demand as a cleaner. But how much do oven cleaners earn in the UK?

Well, you’ll generally earn a similar amount to what you might earn carrying out other household cleaning tasks. Here’s how much you can earn cleaning ovens, depending on your level of experience.

LevelPer hourPer dayPer yearEstimated business costs*Approximate take home pay
Apprentice£5.28£42.24£9,272£0£9,139
Newly qualified£7.49£59.92£13,152£0£12,437
Employed£10.42£83.36£21,674£0£18,232
Sole trader £25£200£36,876-£4,609.50£22,530*
Business owner (Ltd company)£32.09£256.72£47,334-£8,283.46£31,716*
*includes estimated business expenses such as vehicle, fuel, tools and insurance. You should always consult an accountant.

As you can see, most of the rates are comparable to general household cleaning. However, if you own a limited company, oven cleaning will gain you a couple of extra pounds an hour. That could make a big difference to your cleaning business profit over the course of a few weeks or months!

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House cleaner salary FAQs

What can a cleaner do in 3 hours?

A good house cleaner can usually complete the following tasks in 3 hours: vacuum the house, clean the bathrooms and kitchen, wipe down surfaces, clean mirrors, and empty bins.

Essentially, you should be able to pretty much do a full house clean within 3 hours.

What affects a house cleaner’s salary?

Like most jobs, location and experience will affect how much a house cleaner is paid.

Apart from that, the type of house cleaning work you’re doing will also impact how much you make. For example, a deep clean of a house will also cost more than a regular clean.

Is house cleaning a well-paid job?

House cleaners are always needed so you will never be out of work. House cleaners also get paid a good salary for a job requiring no formal qualifications.

How can I boost my earnings as a house cleaner?

As with any trade job, one of the best ways to boost your earnings is by offering other services.

For example, you could also start a carpet cleaning business which could see you earn over £28,000 as a sole trader.

We’ve got a separate guide on carpenter cleaner salaries which delves further into this further breaking it down by job level.

Alternatively, you might choose to go the commercial route and become an office cleaner which will certainly expand your customer base.

If you’re interested in the earning potential for this role, our blog on office cleaner salaries has all the information you need.

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