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What is a household manager?

A household manager will assist and supervise the tasks and duties required to maintain primarily formal or high-profile households. Household manager job descriptions will vary according to the needs of the individual household. Most household managers, however, will be responsible to supervise other household staff (nanny, housekeeper and/or maid for example) or to supervise the performance of contractors engaged to maintain the household, both on the interior and exterior. This will include lawn and pool services, as well as cleaning services. This position is primarily, but not exclusively, administrative in nature. Knowledge/experience in formal service, protocol, a knowledge of wines, menu planning, and computer literacy are all helpful skills for the household manager. In formal service, a Butler may perform the duties of a household manager as described below.

A household manager's duties may include any of the following:

  • Booking travel arrangements
  • Maintaining household security
  • Greeting and serving guests
  • Errands (shopping, gift purchases, dry cleaning)
  • Managing the household calendar
  • Household bookkeeping and/or accounting tasks
  • Plan/direct special events
  • Manage special projects
  • Hiring & supervision of other household staff
  • Occasional childcare

A household manager may live in or live out, and principally is employed on a full time basis. Annual compensation for a household manager will range from $45K - $100K plus benefits.