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.


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.


Butlers generally earn a salary between £50,000 to £80,000 annually, plus benefits.

Private Chefs

Private Chefs usually earn between £45,000 and £110,000 per year, plus benefits.

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.

Estate Managers

This administrative position 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.

House Manager

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


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.


Full-time Live-in nannies can expect to earn around £550 net per week. Live-out nannies range from about £650 per week.

Executive Assistants / Personal Assistants

Full-time salaried Personal Assistants typically earn between £45,000 to £80,000 annually, plus benefits. It can vary substantially depending on duties rising to above £120,000 in some cases where they may share House Management duties.


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.