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The other day I overheard a conversation in the park while waiting for my pug to sniff a dry bush on the curb. Two girls were power walking, passing by me, discussing something animatedly. I tuned in when one of the girls, looking not older than 25 years old, said: “They offered me a $90,000 annual salary.” At this point I was eavesdropping in full force.
I pulled my pug out of the bush and rushed after the two girls. I was eager to find out what kind of a job a 25 year old just landed for $90,000 a year. What I heard next surprised me to no avail. In fact, it shocked me because I did not realize that household jobs can pay so much money. The girl was offered a nanny’s position.
That night I came home and did some research on-line to see what kind of household jobs are out there that pay so much. As it appeared there are quite a few household jobs that offer good money. I assume that the jobs below are offered by estates, wealthy families and celebrities. I, personally, refuse to pay $100 for someone to clean my small condo.
Household Manager or Butler
Duties: make sure that the home runs smoothly. Sometimes duties might include food preparation, cleaning and serving drinks. Salary range: $40,000-$80,000 which also may include accommodations. I found a job announcement that also offered a private house and a car to their butler. The property was located in Montana.
Duties: a social secretary type of duties that require a high level of confidentiality. Duties may include directing correspondence, typing letters, memos, answering emails and running errands. A personal assistant might act as a bookkeeper, might hire or fire other household employees. One of the responsibilities might be personal shopping for the lady or gentlemen of the house (I can do it!) Salary range: 40,000 – 90,000 which also may include accommodations. I found a job announcement that required fashion experience. This job was in New York and offered $85,000.
If you love cooking this job might be for you! Duties: pretty obvious – cooking good nutritious meals, menu planning, selection of produce and meats, pantry shopping. Salary range: $30,000 – $90,000. I saw a job announcement for a live in family chef job located in Florida. The announcement said that the family likes gourmet food and wine, and entertains friends on a regular basis. A five star restaurant experience was required. Salary offered was $90,000.
Duties: take care of children on a daily basis. The job may or may not include responsibility for feeding children, providing adequate exercise, some cleaning for children and even doing some family laundry. Nannies can be live in or live out. Salary range: I saw job offers as low as $18 an hour to $1,000 a week. The highest offer was from Cincinnati and paid $65,000. I did not encounter any offers of $90,000.
Duties: household cleaning and the upkeep of fine houses and estates. Duties might include ironing and laundry. Salary range: $40,000 – $75,000. I saw job offers that required knowledge of proper care for fine art, furniture and collectibles. There was a job offer in New York that asked for experience in organizing pantries, closets and cupboards. This job paid $75,000.
Duties: this is an administrative position that requires expert knowledge of personnel and home management, property and even ground expertise. The ideal candidate should have a degree in business, accounting or even an MBA, and also should posses a very important understanding of politics of a home. This position requires extreme discretion for obvious reasons. Salary range: $85,000 – $250,000. There were a few positions (mostly in New York) that required experience with renovation of complicated homes and hiring architects and designers.
Final note: some of the positions included benefit packages. However, some never mentioned any. However, the estate manager positions almost always offered a “corporate” benefit package.