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House Cleaner

House cleaners provide cleaning services in private homes.

  • Avg. Salary $27,666.00
  • Avg. Wage $16.23
  • Minimum Education Less than high school
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Light Duty Cleaner, Housekeeper, Residential Maid, Home Service Professional, Home Cleaner

NOC & Interest Codes
The House Cleaner is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Light Duty Cleaners
NOC code: 6661

Interest in copying instructions to clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences, and to disinfect operating rooms and other hospital areas


Interest in handling equipment to sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors, and to vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture


Interest in inspecting surfaces and objects for dust, dirt and grease to determine appropriate cleaning products to use

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 19, 2016

Duties and responsibilities vary depending on customer needs and preferences. In general, house cleaners perform routine cleaning tasks each time they visit. They also may do other cleaning tasks when needed (for example, when people are moving).

Routine tasks often include:

  • vacuum and wash floors and stairways
  • dust furnishings and household objects (for example, picture frames, windowsills, door frames, light fixtures, and baseboards)
  • clean kitchen surfaces (for example, cupboards, appliances, counters and sinks)
  • clean bathroom exteriors (for example, bathtubs, showers, toilets and mirrors)
  • empty wastebaskets and replace with clean garbage bags
  • maintain cleaning supplies and equipment provided by the cleaning company
  • record and handle invoices and cash or cheques
  • record schedule information
  • provide a daily report to office personnel.

Occasional tasks may include:

  • wash walls
  • clean the inside of cupboards and closets
  • clean the inside of appliances
  • wash window interiors.
Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

House cleaners usually work Monday to Friday starting at about 8 a.m. They work until the day's assignments are finished, usually between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Self-employed house cleaners often work alone. Cleaners employed by house cleaning companies often work in teams of two or more. They may drive either a company vehicle or their personal vehicle from home to home. House cleaning teams are expected to clean three to four homes a day, while solo cleaners typically visit fewer homes than this daily. Cleaning supplies and equipment are provided by the employer in most cases.

Some house cleaning duties are physically demanding. They may involve standing for long periods of time, climbing step ladders, bending, stretching, repetitive movements or lifting items weighing up to 20 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

House cleaners need the following characteristics:

  • good health and stamina
  • the ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • good organizational skills
  • good customer service skills
  • the ability to work co-operatively with a variety of other employees and with little supervision
  • the ability to safely operate a vehicle
  • the ability to find addresses.

They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines for their work, and using cleaning materials and equipment.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Residential cleaning companies usually provide training on the job. Some employers may prefer applicants to have a high school diploma. Employment and character references usually are required. Some employers require a criminal record check and a driver's abstract.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

House cleaners may be self-employed or employed part time or full time by residential cleaning service companies.

House cleaners may move into related occupations such as housekeeping attendant or institutional housekeeper. In larger residential cleaning service companies, cleaners may advance to supervisory or office positions.

House cleaners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6731: Light duty cleaners. In Alberta, 81% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 30,500 Albertans are employed in the Light duty cleaners occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.3% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 702 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As house cleaners form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for house cleaners. 

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016

House cleaners may be paid hourly wages or by the job (piece work). Some employers provide a vehicle and gas. Others may provide compensation for use of a personal vehicle.


House cleaners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6731: Light duty cleaners. 


According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Light duty cleaners occupational group earned on average from $14.99 to $17.62 an hour. The overall average wage was $16.23 an hour. For more information, see the Light duty cleaners wage profile.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services

Updated Mar 27, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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