Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

risk level
Based on 176 votes
by year 2032
or $16.08 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

82% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

User poll

65% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 82% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' job openings is expected to rise 9.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' was $33,450, or $16 per hour

'Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' were paid 30.4% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 836,230 people employed as 'Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners' within the United States.

This represents around 0.6% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 181 people are employed as 'Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners'.

Job description

Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

SOC Code: 37-2012.00


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Susan (Uncertain) says
I am uncertain because I have been waiting for such a "house cleaning robot" since around 1975 when a humorous song came out that included "my new invention will do your chores
Take out your garbage and wax your floors
Just plug it in the wall it's completely automatic
Hang it in the hall or you could hide it in the attic" (Five Man Electrical Band). I already have vaccuum robot but it does not work as well as the one I have to push and it is a far cry from doing tasks like making beds, doing laundry, dusting entire home, cleaning cupboards, and so on. I just don't see it happening soon.
Nov 29, 2023 at 09:14 PM
Declan (Low) says
AI already does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to house work. But there are things such as folding clothes, cleaning in higher places, eg polishing doors, handles, mopping floors, and regardless of how small a place is, some people are just lazy, too lazy to do even the smallest things.

Also, people, myself included, would like someone to be in contact with, just feels more then a little robotic mechanism walking around my house
Jul 21, 2023 at 08:09 AM
Andrew F Block (Low) says
I run an in-home senior care agency. The caregivers have to interact with the clients personally, as well as clean bathrooms, sinks, mirrors, take laundry up and down steps, run errands and grocery shopping sweep and mop floors and take out garbage. Unless you had a full bodied physical standing robot with hands and arms that could do all of that, and maneuver, all the aspects of the house steps included. It would be difficult for a robot to do that. Far beyond a Roomba vacuum on the floor, these tasks require much more intricacy.
May 16, 2023 at 02:18 PM
Gen (Moderate) says
Trusted human housekeepers are hard to find. Since technology is rapidly accelerating people will turn even more to A.I.
Apr 08, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Not a robot says
The requirements needed for an autonomous robot would be 1) smell 2) physical flexibility/durability 3) reasoning 4) electronic communications 5) patience 6) able to scrub hard surfaces with different contours 7) able to half finish a job in one room and return to complete when unoccupied 8) to understand that the daily task and order of things may change 9) able to operate other electronic devices ie.. ovens for proper cleaning 10) able to lift any type of material such as cast iron stove covers, toilet lids, garbage cans, rugs 11) a battery that lasts between 3-6 hours depending on size of home 12) a charging port small enough to be placed in an inconspicuous area out of eye sight.
Dec 09, 2022 at 08:35 PM
Elf says
House cleaning can be a complex and challenging task that demands careful attention to detail. From deactivating alarms and opening locks with a deft touch to lifting dog gates and ensuring that cats don't escape, there are numerous variables to consider. It's also important to use the appropriate cleaning agents, such as the "right" soap for washing dishes. In addition to these practical considerations, there's also the aesthetic aspect to consider, such as carefully dusting delicate items like plastic vines or checking the condition of a fragile vase that may already be cracked. To successfully clean a home, it requires precise movements and a keen eye for detail.

Sep 09, 2021 at 11:55 PM
Kelli Grabener (Highly likely) says
The Pandemic is causing housekeepers not to want to come back to work. Its time to get creative
Aug 14, 2021 at 09:16 PM
Maggie B. says
I'm honestly fine with that as long as the robots wear cute cat maid outfits. Otherwise, I'd prefer to be the one in that outfit cleaning up your house.
May 03, 2021 at 05:42 PM
Angela says
I hate all this robot stuff. They using us to work and making money off us and the money they make they invest in robots to replace us. I hate it. I hate driverless cars
Jun 30, 2020 at 12:02 PM
Kary (Highly likely) says
example 1: roomba
Jan 28, 2020 at 06:51 PM
rob (No chance) says
hotel housekeeping is very detailed, you would need a very advanced robot with minute hand movements.
Jun 23, 2019 at 06:29 AM
bryce says
Completely agree with rob. Although robots are currently applied to the vacuum cleaner, these are extremely expensive, take forever to clean the entire home, and they are noisy. I admit there is a likelihood that the time will ultimately arrive, but it will be a while away
Dec 30, 2019 at 06:57 AM
Person says
It's AI it can learn that's the whole point
Jan 13, 2020 at 12:07 PM
blue fin says
but robots can do that you numpty
Jun 12, 2020 at 05:11 AM

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