Private & Household Staff Salary Guide

The following are some general salary guidelines for household staff. A household employee’s salary is usually based on two factors: the amount of experience the candidate brings to the position and the duties included in the job description.

The location of the role (London, countryside or international) will also be a large contributing factor for defining a suitable suggested salary for your household staff.

The following figures are quoted in gross terms.

“Gross income, or gross pay, is an individual’s total pay before accounting for taxes or other deductions.”


Butlers generally earn a salary between £50,000 to £80,000 annually, plus benefits. Junior Butlers will earn less with apprenticeship positions starting at about £25,000.


A chauffeur or a driver can expect to earn a salary of between £35,000 to £60,000 annually. At the higher-end you would be expected to have extra qualifications such as having completed a Defensive Driving Course and several years of experience within the industry.

Private Chefs / Cook

Private Chefs usually earn between £45,000 and £110,000 per year, plus benefits. Previous experience within Michelin starred restaurants and private residences will likely open up opportunities to the higher paying roles.

Domestic Couples

Couples’ salaries range from £45,000 to £120,000 annually, plus benefits for the couple, such as accommodation, which in London may be a room or in the countryside could be a separate cottage.


The average salary for a Handyman is between £25,000 to £40,000 a year depending on the skills required, for example if the client is seeking specific qualifications such as electrical skills or engineering.

House/Estate Manager

Household Managers typically earn an annual salary between £45,000 to £90,000, plus benefits.

An Estate Manager is an administrative position and is the highest level in the home and generally commands between £80,000 and £150,000 a year, with the usual corporate-style benefit package included.

Housekeeper Cook

£35,000 to £50,000 per year depending on skills and experience.


A very experienced and/or professionally-trained Housekeeper will normally earn £12 to £15 net per hour or £35,000 to £50,000 per year. Their benefits package may also include housing, automobile, insurance, and other rewards. Head Housekeepers will earn the higher end of this range.


A houseman can expect to earn between £28,000 to £38,000.

Lady’s Maid

This can range from around £40,000 to £60,000 but can be very variable.

Personal Assistants/EA

Full-time salaried Personal Assistants typically earn between £45,000 to £80,000 annually, plus benefits such as use of a car and an expense account. It can vary substantially depending on duties rising to above £120,000 in some cases where they may share House Management duties.


It can vary from household to household but it ranges from around £35,000 to £50,000.


Full-time Live-in nannies can expect to earn around £700 gross per week. Live-out nannies range from about £850 gross per week.

Maternity Nurse

The average salary range for a Maternity Nurse can range between £180-400 per day working 10 to 12 hour shifts. The average being around £20ph. Most maternity nurses will be classified as self-employed meaning they take care of their own taxes and National Insurance. If they stay overnight with the baby they should still be paid for those hours they are on-call.

Wardrobe Manager

Dependent on skills and experience.


Typically Security staff earn the following rates (per 12 hours worked) in the table below if they are highly experienced and trained. For full-time / permanent staff it is variable starting at around £45,000.

  • Residential Team Member: £230
  • Security Trained Driver: £300
  • Close Protection Operative: £300

Family Office Staff

Salaries for Family Office Staff can vary drastically due to the varied positions that are available.

Ski & Yacht Staff

Salaries for Ski & Yacht staff can vary drastically due to the varied positions that are available. Positions can often pay more than on-land roles due to the flexibility required and since they are usually short-term contracts. Generally speaking they are 6 to 7 day positions, with long hours and restrictive conditions.

These figures should serve as general guidelines.

We encourage you to speak with an Irving Scott Private Staffing Consultant about your specific requirements and the salaries offered for household staff similar to those you are looking for.

You may be interested to read the Stafftax advice sheet for domestic employees. To calculate your take home salary you can use a salary calculator.