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Cleaning lady costs
Hourly wage & monthly Prices for a domestic help

Costs for a cleaning lady

A reliable cleaner has become indispensable in many households, as it relieves them of tedious everyday tasks. But what costs do you have to expect for a cleaning lady per month? And what hourly wage is appropriate for a domestic help? Here you can find out what prices you can expect for different types of employment and fields of activity and what the regional differences are.

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For better readability, the simultaneous use of masculine and feminine forms of language is not used in this article. The feminine form is used, whereby all genders are meant equally.

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Private cleaning lady costs

Cost of an independent cleaning lady

Cleaning company costs

Additional hourly wage Tasks

Regional differences

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How high are the costs for a private cleaning lady?

The usual prices for a private cleaning lady are between 10 and 15 € / hour. net. In addition, there are ancillary wage costs in the course of registering domestic help as a € 450 jobber amounting to 14.74% of monthly earnings.

Registration at the state mini-job center is strongly recommended, as the cleaner is then insured against accidents and can, if desired, purchase periods of contribution to the pension insurance. In addition, as a private employer, you can deduct up to a maximum of € 510 / year in expenses for household help in accordance with Section 35a EStG (as of 2019).

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The general statutory minimum wage also applies to a cleaning lady. Since January 1st, 2021, this has been € 9.50 gross / hour.

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What are the prices for a self-employed cleaner?

Another option is to employ a worker who works independently with a trade license. With this variant, the cleaner is responsible for the insurance and other charges. Here you have to pay for a domestic help with costs between 15 and 17 € / hour. calculate.

Billing takes place via an invoice. Under certain circumstances - if the cleaner is not a small business owner - 19% sales tax will be added to the hourly wage. Independent cleaning staff are very rare and the search is correspondingly difficult.

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What does a commercial cleaner cost?

As a third option, there is the possibility of hiring a cleaning company who will organize a cleaner for you. With this convenient but expensive variant, the hourly wage for a cleaning assistant is between 19 and 25 €.

There are no additional costs for the cleaning staff with this service. The cleaner is paid directly by the company, which also pays the ancillary wage costs, insurance, etc.

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For third-party providers and building cleaning companies, which include cleaning companies, a separate minimum wage applies, which is above the general minimum wage. So skepticism is appropriate for offers that are too cheap.

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Domestic help: higher hourly wages for additional tasks

Most cleaning aids are sought for the usual cleaning work (floor wiping, dusting, window cleaning) in the house or in the office. Commercial providers mostly focus on this area of ​​housework. Here you can expect costs of 10 € (for private employment) to approx. 20 € (for commercial providers).

A domestic help can take on other tasks in addition to these tasks. This means that these forces can also do laundry and ironing for you. But your workforce can also support you with shopping, cooking or other areas of housekeeping.

There are actually no limits to the tasks here. Of course, you should precisely define the area of ​​activity with your workforce in advance so that they can prepare for their assignment with you. We also recommend raising the pay for such a force. The usual price for a private household help is 13 € / hour. up to 15 € / hour

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Regional differences: South significantly more expensive than North Germany

Although the minimum wage for domestic help is required by law, there are differences nationwide in the actual hourly wage of the cleaning lady. You can take this into account when determining the wage.

The south of Germany is particularly expensive. While the average hourly wage for a private cleaning assistant in Munich is € 13, for example, you only pay around € 11.50 / hour in Hamburg, Cologne or Düsseldorf.

The capital Berlin ranks with a usual remuneration of just under 11 € / hour. below this average and is therefore the cheapest big city in comparison.

A cleaner is relatively cheap in the Saxon metropolis of Leipzig, where an average of € 10.16 / hour. are paid and the remuneration is only slightly above the national minimum wage.

(As of 2021. All information applies to a private person).

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Table: Costs of domestic help per month

To illustrate the various employment options, you will find a tabular overview of the costs of domestic help per month for a common workload of 3 hours / week and an average number of 4.3 weeks / month.

Type of employmentHourly wagesAdditional CostMonthly Total costs

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Answers to common questions

The usual prices for a private cleaning lady are between 10 and 15 € / hour. net. In addition, there are ancillary wage costs in the course of registering domestic help as a € 450 jobber amounting to 14.74% of monthly earnings.

Here you have to pay for domestic help with costs between 15 and 17 € / hour. calculate. Billing takes place via an invoice. Under certain circumstances - if the cleaner is not a small business owner - 19% sales tax will be added to the hourly wage.

With this convenient but expensive variant, the hourly wage for a cleaning assistant is between 19 and 25 €. There are no additional costs for the cleaning staff with this service. The cleaner is paid directly by the company, which also pays the ancillary wage costs, insurance, etc.

To illustrate the various employment options, you will find a tabular overview of the costs of domestic help per month for a common workload of 3 hours / week and an average number of 4.3 weeks / month.

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